At Clark, our highest priority will always be the safety of our residents and staff. With the rapid and global spread of COVID-19, more commonly referred to as the novel Coronavirus, we are taking swift action to ensure those in our care are protected. With guidance from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we’ve developed a plan to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. Our primary goal is to prevent the virus from entering our communities if at all possible, while ensuring we are well-prepared for its possible spread in West Michigan.
We know how important it is for our residents to be able to welcome family and friends into their homes here at Clark. However, given the rapid spread of the virus, and the danger it poses, we are temporarily suspending all visitations to our communities, except in very limited cases on a prearranged basis. This new visitor policy does not apply to our detached townhomes and cottages. These changes are especially important as adults over the age of 60, and those with underlying health conditions, are at the highest risk when exposed to the virus, according to public health experts. Residents who live in our townhomes are welcome in our common areas, but they will be asked not to visit individual apartments.
Out of an abundance of caution, we are also temporarily suspending all extracurricular activities, as well as transportation to any off-site events, effective Friday, March 13.
We are placing signage at all major entrances to remind those entering our campus to wash their hands immediately upon entry. This includes all staff, residents, family members, vendors and other visitors. In addition, we’ll have hand sanitation stations at these entrances and throughout common areas.
We’re communicating regularly with local health organizations, including the Kent County Health Department and Region 6 of the Michigan Department of Health and Human services to stay up to-date on safety protocols and the impact of COVID-19 in Michigan and our community. We’re also following procedures identified by national health organizations like CMS, CDC and WHO. We’ll continue to keep you updated with information we receive from these organizations.
We will be posting updated information here on the Clark website and we’ll continue to update throughout the coming weeks. Up-to-date information is being provided online by the following organizations:
We also have staff available to assist our residents if they have specific questions about our response, visitation or other considerations.
We appreciate your cooperation and care throughout the preparation process. We’re committed to keeping open lines of communication with our residents, family and friends, staff, and the community as we continue our efforts to keep those in our care safe.