March 19th Update
Exciting Updates to Washington State Guidelines
Late yesterday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee held a press conference and announced updated guidance for long-term care facilities and communities like Aegis. We are thrilled that Washington has now approved indoor, in-person visits when either the resident or visitor has been vaccinated. We will be working through the weekend to finalize our plans with the goal of reuniting residents and their families first of next week.
While we are eager to bring residents and families together right away, we also must be certain we are doing this in the safest way possible for all. With more than 95% of residents vaccinated and zero active cases of coronavirus in our Washington communities, we believe Aegis is one of the safest places on the planet. We are excited to take this next important step back toward normal and can’t wait to welcome our families back. Meanwhile, our residents are enjoying being out and about in their communities, playing games and joining in on fun activities (see photos below!).
In California, where these guidelines vary from county to county, we are working closely with the CDC and local health officials. Our General Managers will share news as they have it in each community, and we look forward to sharing more with our residents and their families across all states in the coming days.
Where We Stand Today
We are happy to report that we have zero cases among our 2,200 residents and just one case among our 2,500 staff members across California, Nevada, and Washington. We have seen case numbers rapidly decline since our first vaccination clinics were completed. Our vaccination efforts continue to move full steam ahead, with over 96% of residents and 85% of staff already vaccinated.
During this transitional time, we are continuing to follow our infection control and safety practices until we are certain it is safe for us to begin adopting new practices and protocols. If you have questions, we encourage you to review our Frequently Asked Questions and visit trusted sources like the CDC website for more in-depth medical information.
Aegis Living is Certified by Great Place to Work
We are proud to announce that Aegis Living has been Certified™ as a great workplace by independent research firm Great Place to Work®. Great Place to Work evaluates organizations across more than 60 criteria of team members’ experience on the job, including employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Aegis has long been recognized for its people-first culture, having been named a Top 50 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor.com’s Employee Choice Award and recognized as a best place to work by KING 5, Seattle Business Magazine, among others over the years.
We are so proud of these results and being recognized as a Great Place to Work. Just this month, we celebrated two of our team member’s 20-year anniversaries with the company. We could not be more thrilled with the kindness, compassion, and strength of our team.