An Update from our Director Clara Allen

July 3, 2020 We have officially spent one quarter of the year under the statewide shelter-in-place order, first announced by Governor Gavin Newsom on March 19. I want to thank everyone for maintaining such a strong, healthy, and caring community under very difficult circumstances. I encourage you to maintain the healthy practices you have built thus far and to continue to work together creatively and compassionately as the pandemic continues. Friends House has no confirmed cases of Covid-19 and no persons of interest at this time. Several Covia Communities have reported that there are now employees who have tested positive, Spring Lake Village among them. We do have staff members that we share with Spring Lake Village so this is very close to home. I’m increasingly concerned that we, as a community, continue to be safe.  As you know, leaving the campus increases risk of exposure and visitors coming onto campus increases risk of exposure. This is why we encourage you to utilize the shopping service and why visitors may not be permitted on campus at this time. The Department of Social Services, which regulates RCFEs, has not loosened restrictions. In fact, the California Department of Public Health and Sonoma County have put forth stricter guidance based on an alarming surge in California and other states nationwide.  As we head into the holiday weekend, please be vigilant and follow the infection control guidance and prevention measures. 


Covid-19 Response and Resources

Here at Friends House, we are continuing to monitor the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and developing protocols based on current information. We recommend the following sites for resources on the latest information and appropriate responses:

Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings

Sonoma County Department of Health Services

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

California Department of Public Health

Friends House is currently complying with the County’s shelter-in-place ordinance, and all visitors to our Independent Living, Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living facilities are restricted.