News - March 30, 2020
At Goodwin House, we’re committed to everyone’s health and well-being. Together, we are facing a public health concern due to rising cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We encourage approaching this situation with calmness and compassion that helps us build a sense of community. With that in mind, we want to share information about the steps we are taking, as well as trusted resources we all can use to help keep ourselves updated, healthy and engaged in our daily lives. We will update this page as the situation evolves.
We are in regular contact with departments of health for Alexandria, Fairfax and Virginia to ensure we have the latest information and are using that information to inform our actions. We are actively following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
We are communicating regularly with our Goodwin House family – residents, members, staff, contractors, business partners and frequent visitors. You can read our updates here:
We have introduced specific travel policies for residents, staff, contractors, business partners and guests. These policies may change as the situation evolves.
Our first priority is to focus on the health and wellness of our residents and staff. Based on the continued escalation in confirmed COVID-19 cases and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and other health agencies, Goodwin House’s current visitation protocol is the following.
Access on our campuses is limited to:
Every approved individual will receive a question-based health screening and have their temperature taken. This includes residents, staff, essential contractors and health care providers.
We will require all permitted visitors to be screened daily about their travel, health and exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case. All other visitors will not be permitted on campuses.
If you are a family member and were planning to visit your loved one for a social or non-essential visit, we ask that you connect with your loved one by phone, tablet or smart phone. The Executive Directors at Goodwin House Alexandria and Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads and their teams are glad to help coordinate virtual connections.
If you are a visitor and were planning to visit one of our campuses, you will be contacted by the staff member serving as your point of contact to make alternative arrangements.
We do not take this visitation protocol lightly, though believe it is the right thing to do to protect the health and wellness of our residents and our staff.
Thank you for being part of our efforts to remain focused on the health and well-being of residents and staff.
Through these times, we can benefit from simple guides we can keep on hand. Please include these guides that we’ve prepared for residents, members and staff.
In any situation, the best way to prevent infection is to take measures to avoid being exposed. We can all practice precaution with these basic tips:
We recommend the following resources for the latest, trustworthy information regarding COVID-19: