March 07, 2020

UPDATE: As of 9:00 a.m. PST, Monday, March 16, 2020, there have been no cases of COVID-19 at any of The Springs Living communities.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

It causes a mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), those affected generally exhibit cold-like symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It spreads through contact with another infected person, such as being too close during a cough or sneeze. This general route for disease spreading mimics that of the typical cold or flu.

What steps are The Springs taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

All executive directors have reviewed our Infectious Control Protocol with their employees and residents as a reminder that everyone needs to be strictly following our routine protocol of safety practices, such as hand washing and taking sick days if displaying any symptoms.

We are providing paid sick days to any staff whose doctor has urged them not to go to work due to the respiratory flu or Coronavirus.

We have begun to limit the number of activities we usually schedule to reduce the chances of cross-contamination if someone is a carrier.

We have adopted some temporary changes in how we do things, such as eliminating community resident touch points, removing resident salad bars and shared coffee service, eliminating pre-set dining utensils, and limiting access to the dining hall for non-diners.

What are the steps I should follow to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19?

Practicing robust infection control makes great sense at all times including:

  • Washing your hands regularly
  • Maintain social distancing – keep at least 3-6 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Polite coughing and sneezing techniques, such as using a tissue or your bent elbow for a cough or sneeze and then disposing of it and washing your hands immediately

If you or someone you have been in contact with has a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please isolate yourself from others and seek medical care.