FOLLOWUP: 2 deaths at Providence Mount St. Vincent, and what second round of coronavirus testing revealed

(WSB photo, last week)

Two Providence Mount St. Vincent residents/patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have died. The Mount announced that in an update sent today, eight days after announcing that 15 residents/patients and 10 caregivers there had tested positive. At the time, The Mount said a second round of testing was planned, and this update includes news on that:

Thank you to our West Seattle friends, neighbors, and family members of The Mount for continuing to express care and concern for the residents, patients, and caregivers at The Mount. We have been humbled by the outpouring of love we have received in the form of handmade masks, deliveries of flowers and goodies as well as messages of support. We hope you know how much this all means.

Thanks to Providence ExpressCare, we did a second round of COVID-19 rapid testing this week where we tested 732 residents/patients and caregivers. Due to the tremendous work of our team, we are doing an excellent job at controlling the spread of COVID-19 by caring not only for our patients and residents, but also in taking care of each other. The results of our second round of testing show a stabilization of the spread of COVID-19.

One new resident/patient tested positive and two caregivers tested positive. Additionally, several of those patients/residents who previously tested as positive, are now in the process of clearing with first step negative test results. These will be confirmed with a second test. Today there are 8 residents/patients who are positive for COVID 19. Caregivers will be cleared to return to work through caregiver health.

We are deeply saddened that two of our residents/patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have died. These two individuals were cherished members of The Mount family and our collective hearts are broken. We extend our deepest sympathies to their families and loved ones and we are keeping them in our prayers in their time of loss.

The safety and well-being of our residents, patients, their families and our caregivers remains our top priority, especially at this time. Even with signs of improvement, we will not let our guard down as we know how quickly this virus can spread. Our heightened infection control protocols, including the use of appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE), remain in place and we continue daily monitoring of all residents, patients, and caregivers for any signs of illness. COVID-19 has our full attention and we are committed to protecting everyone in our care. We will continue to share updates with the community as needed.

The Mount (4831 35th SW) is West Seattle’s largest long-term-care/assisted-living facility, with other programs on site including the Intergenerational Learning Center day care.

6 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: 2 deaths at Providence Mount St. Vincent, and what second round of coronavirus testing revealed"

  • Buttercup April 24, 2020 (6:41 pm)

    Is the daycare still open??

    • ILC Parent April 25, 2020 (10:05 am)

      Yes it is but it is cordoned off from the main facility and is doing the rapid testing of staff and implementing other measures. None of the daycare staff has tested positive.

  • sc April 24, 2020 (7:50 pm)

    “They who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”Isaiah 40:31

  • NativetoSeattle April 24, 2020 (9:32 pm)

    The Mount holds a very dear place in my heart and I grieve for their loss. The compassion and care I have witnessed for their residents, employees and the children at the Intergenerational Learning Center is a model of how to care for and love others. It is good to hear that some are recovering and that they are doing all they can to prevent any more cases. 

  • J April 25, 2020 (7:45 am)

    I am so sorry you are dealing with this disease. Nursing homes have never been designed or equipped to deal with airborne pathogens. Yet here we are. Thank you for all your efforts to protect your residents. Your Providence ExpressCare rapid antigen testing sounds like a necessary tool for isolating, and reducing transmission. Is there a way other facilities can access your testing capabilities?

  • A.R. April 25, 2020 (3:20 pm)

    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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