We are relieved to announce that 80% of our staff have received the first dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine.
We are attending weekly COVID-19 Update meetings with Boulder County Public Health to keep up with the latest news and information.
We are now making it mandatory that our caregivers are getting COVID tested every week starting the week of 11/16/20.
Free COVID-19 Testing in Boulder in Response to Recent Increase in COVID-19 Cases
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Residents do not need to have COVID symptoms to be tested. Anyone feeling severely ill should contact their health care provider or seek medical attention instead of visiting the free testing site. The wait time for testing at the walk-up site has averaged about 30 minutes.
Drive-Thru Test Site: Gerald Stazio Softball Fields, 2445 Stazio Dr, Boulder. Take Arapahoe Road (Valmont Road will be closed) to 63rd Street; turn north onto 63rd Street; and follow to Stazio Drive; turn left on Stazio Drive and follow signs for testing.
Walk-up Test Site: Pleasant Street parking lot at 1205 Pleasant Street, in Boulder.
Anyone attending should wear a mask until they’re asked to remove it for the test, stay in their car if they’re vising the drive-thru site, and bring photo identification to ensure the test results are correctly recorded.
Hours for both sites are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., 7 days per week. The walk-up testing site will be available through September 30 and the drive-thru site will be available through October 2, but can be extended depending on case positivity rates.
Test results can be expected within 24-48 hours. Residents who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by Boulder County Public Health epidemiology staff for follow-up. Residents who test negative will be contacted by the Colorado Department of Public Health lab staff.
Windhorse Elder Care takes safety seriously and has expanded our COVID-19 protocols.
All staff are required to comply with the WEC COVID-19 Exposure Protocols as outlined in the COVID-19 Exposure Protocol document which is posted on our internal web platform the Caregiver portal.
Windhorse Elder Care has established a COVID-19 Task Force to respond to the ongoing issues that may arise due to the spread of the virus. We have very specific COVID-19 protocols in place that all staff are familiar with. We have provided clear guidance if one begins to have virus symptoms or if someone has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. We have located specific testing sites for our staff to utilize if they have been exposed/asymptomatic or if they are presenting with symptoms.
We continue to supply our staff with PPE as needed and cleaning solutions for clients homes. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the WEC COVID-19 Exposure Protocol, please contact the WEC COVID-19 task force at firstname.lastname@example.org
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have an impact on our communities, we feel it is important to share the steps we are taking to educate and support our clients’ and employees’ health and well-being. Based on the guidance we have received from the state health agencies we have educated our staff on the many steps to take to prevent the virus, the procedure to take if one suspects they have the virus, and we have provided clear and direct recommendations when to stay home if one is experiencing symptoms of illness. In addition, we have encouraged the staff to complete the online course called the National COVID-Ready Caregiver Certification. This is a caregiver guide to practice updates, resources, and up to date information on how to keep themselves and those they care for safe.
We are continuing to implement preventive practices and providing PPE supplies, such as soap, hand sanitizer, gloves, masks for our employees. In addition, we are conducting all of our meetings by teleconference and are encouraging our staff to engage in social distancing and limit their exposure as much as possible. We have reorganized our teams so that caregivers who are working in facilities remain working in only facilities and those working in people’s homes are just working in client’s homes. We are also highly discouraging staff from traveling at this time. If they choose to travel, we are asking them to self- quarantine for 14 days afterward if they have virus symptoms. We are continuing to take this very seriously and are doing what we can to protect our clients and our staff.
We will continue to monitor this evolving situation. The health and safety of our clients and employees is a top priority. We care deeply for our clients, their families and our staff. We want everyone to stay safe during this time and we will do what we can to ensure that safety.
Please visit this link to the CDC website that we have shared with our staff educating them on the coronavirus.