March 16, 2020
The Masonic Homes of California cares deeply about our residents, staff, clients and members. With growing news of the virus’s spread across California and the world, we wanted to give you an update on our steps to keep our residents and staff healthy and safe.
We have established a Clinical Task Force that has been monitoring the Coronavirus situation on a daily basis and preparing for potential impact on any of our communities. This task force has been following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, as well as local county authorities to establish temporary policies to protect our residents. These policies and procedures for residents and staff are designed to prevent the virus from infection on our campuses, from hand-washing and dining room procedures, to travel and sick policies, to working with vendors to ensure that we have adequate supplies to continue our high level of quality of care and services.
Visitors and Guests in Covina and Union City
Due to our higher risk populations, and to comply with state, federal, and local guidelines, we have instituted temporary visitation policies during this outbreak. Please note that these may change at any time. Please check back for updates, and read the current visitation policies and procedures here:
- Independent and Assisted Living Community in Union City
- Skilled Nursing Facility in Union City
- Independent and Assisted Living Community in Covina
Masonic Center for Youth and Families
In an abundance of caution, and following the example of the San Francisco County Mental Health Department, the Masonic Center for Youth and Families has rescheduled all in-person sessions at its San Francisco campus for online or phone sessions for two weeks, and will monitor the situation as it evolves. The Covina campus will continue to provide in-person sessions, but we will be monitoring the local Department of Public Health procedures and will follow suit with their recommendations.
Individual Preventive Steps
Please help to control the spread of the virus with these preventative steps. The CDC reports that the spread of COVID-19 appears to occur mainly by person-to-person transmission. The California Department of Public Health advises the following steps to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
It is of the utmost importance to us that our communities stay healthy and safe. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.