COVID-19 Update:

Merrill Gardens at Green Valley Ranch

Update May 29:

We are pleased to continue to report no confirmed cases of the virus at the community at this time.

Update May 21:

We are pleased to continue to report no confirmed cases of the virus at the community at this time.

Update May 12:

We are pleased to continue to report no confirmed cases of the virus at the community at this time.

Update May 4:

There are no residents or team members with confirmed cases of the virus at the community at this time.

Update April 27:

We want to thank our residents and team members for following our protocols and let you know there are no residents or team members with confirmed cases of the virus at this time.

Update April 22: 

We want to provide an update and let you know that we have now reached the important 14-day mark with no new positive cases of COVID-19 at the community.  The most recently reported positive case was an individual who was last in the community on April 8.  We do have three residents who are still recovering away from the community and we are sure you join us in wishing them the best.  

We want to thank all of you for your cooperation in helping us to limit the virus at the community.  We believe that by following our Enhanced Resident Protection Protocol, you made a real difference.  We are also grateful to the Health Department for their partnership – we were able to test all residents and team members for the virus and the results were returned to us quickly. 

As you know, a negative test result, while good news, is just an indicator at the time of the testing and we are all still vulnerable to the virus.  We must continue to take this virus seriously and we ask that you please remain vigilant. 

As always, feel free to reach out to the community if you have any specific questions and we want to thank you again for your continued encouragement.  We will continue to keep you posted if there is any new information to report.

 Update April 20:   

We have now received all test results and all resident and team member tests came back negative.  We want to thank residents and team members for continuing to follow our Enhanced Resident Protection Protocol.

Update April 15:

We want to share some excellent news with you today.  We have now received all test results back from the Health Department and we are very pleased to report that they have all come back negative for COVID-19. 

We tested 80 residents and 35 team members.  There were a few team members who do not have contact with residents who were not able to be tested and we will be testing them this week.  These results were returned much sooner than we had expected, and we are grateful to the Health Department for their partnership. We also want to thank each of you for your support and cooperation as we worked through this testing process.

There are still three residents who previously tested positive for the virus who remain out of the community and I know you all join me in sending them our very best wishes.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any specific questions and thank you for your continued encouragement.  We will continue to keep you posted if there is any new information to report.

Update April 13:

We have now completed COVID-19 tests for all residents and team members at the community.  We expect to receive all results soon.  We also want to report that there have been no new confirmed cases of the virus since April 8. ​

Update April 10:

We want to provide a quick update and let you know that yesterday we were able to complete 50 COVID-19 tests.  The first round of tests was administered to residents and team members who may have encountered someone with the virus.  Today we were able to obtain additional tests to administer to all remaining residents and team members.  The results from the tests are now expected sooner that we had originally expected, and we should see them early next week.  We will, of course, provide the results of those tests to you as soon as they are available. 

We also want you to know that we have not had any new positive resident cases since 4/8/2020 and no team member has tested positive for the virus at this time.

Update April 9:

We want to provide an update and let you know that after working closely with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, we have been able to develop a plan to test residents and team members for COVID-19 and that testing is now underway.

As we told you previously, we were able to obtain 50 COVID-19 tests and those are now being administered to residents and team members who may have encountered someone with the virus. Once we return the 50 tests today, we will be provided with 50 more tests and we will continue testing residents and team members.  We believe that this testing will help us to identify anyone who may be positive for the virus but is not currently exhibiting symptoms.  As we mentioned earlier, the state tells us it may take more than a week for the results of the tests, so it is important that we do this testing as quickly as possible.  The tests are being administered by our nurse at the community and all approved precautions will be taken during the testing.

There are currently three residents from the community who are hospitalized after testing positive for the virus.  Another resident who is hospitalized for an unrelated illness was tested for the virus and the test came back negative. There are no team members at the community exhibiting symptoms of the virus.  Our protocols remain in place and we are doing temperature checks at least twice per day for all residents and team members.

It is important that all residents continue to follow our protocol and to quickly alert us if they are feeling ill.  We are also continuing our focus on enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocol throughout the community.

We will continue to keep you posted as soon as we have any new information to report.

Update April 6:

 ​To All Residents, Family Members and Team Members at Green Valley Ranch,

We want to provide another update to the information we recently shared with you. There are four residents at the community who have tested positive for COVID-19 and three residents who are awaiting test results.  Four residents remain hospitalized and I know you join us in sending them our best wishes.

 ​We have reached out to anyone at the community who may have been in contact with these individuals and we are also working closely with the State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and the State Epidemiology Department.  Some of you have asked why we are not able to test everyone in the community for the virus and we want to share our frustrations regarding that effort with you. We were able to obtain test kits from a private lab but in order to conduct a test we need a physician’s order and we are working to obtain those.  We also need the proper medical personnel to administer the test and once the test is given, it is currently taking seven to nine days for the results to be returned.  While we will continue these efforts, we are also taking additional immediate steps now.

 ​We are focused on isolating and containing as indicated in our Enhanced Resident Protection Protocol, along with additional deep cleaning and sanitation to limit the spread of this virus.  We are also implementing additions to our protocol based on the current situation: 

  • Team members who have any interaction with residents will now be wearing Personal Protective Equipment and all team members will be wearing masks.
  • We are decreasing doorway and hallway activities for residents.
  • We are using the Protexus disinfecting system to deep clean and sanitize the community.  This is an advanced state of the art system that will be used throughout the building. 
  • We have increased the daily temperature checks for all residents and team members to twice per day and we ask that all residents and team members who may be feeling ill alert us immediately. 
  • Our regional nurse will be at the community this week to provide additional expertise.

 We do want to emphasize that at this time there are no team members at the community who have tested positive for the virus.

 ​We have been heartened by the number of people who have asked how they can be of assistance.  If anyone wants to bring us books, magazines or puzzle books, we will distribute them to residents.  We will disinfect them before distribution, and we will not allow residents to share any materials with each other.    

 ​We want to thank you for your words of encouragement and remind you to please reach out to me if you have any specific questions.  We will continue to provide updates as needed with any new information.   

 ​Update April 4:

 ​There are three residents at the community who have tested positive for COVID -19 and two of those individuals have spouses who are awaiting test results.  We have reached out to anyone who might have been in contact with these individuals and we are working with their physicians to get those residents or team members tested for the virus.  For any other resident or team member who wishes to be tested, we recommend contacting your personal physician to discuss options.  

We have now increased our daily temperature checks for all residents and team members to twice per day. 

It is also important to note that at this time there are no team members at the community who have tested positive for the virus.

We have been in contact with the health department and they support the protocols we implemented seventeen days ago which include no visitors, residents remaining in their apartments and meals delivered to resident’s apartments.  We are also continuing our deep cleaning and sanitation in the community and all team members will now be wearing medical masks during their shifts. We want to stress again that it is important for residents or team members to alert us immediately if they are feeling ill. 

 As a reminder, if there are any family members who would prefer to have a resident stay with them during this time, we will accommodate that as needed.  We do need you to know that if a resident leaves the community, we will ask them to wait until we can resume normal operations before returning.   

Please feel free to reach out to the community with specific questions and we will also continue to provide updates with any new information via email and on this page. 

You can also call our hotline at 206-676-5330

We thank you in advance for your support and encouragement. 

 Update April 2:

We want to let you know that residents at the community have tested positive for COVID-19.  One individual has been hospitalized for an unrelated reason since Saturday, March 21, and during that time was tested for the virus.  The resident remains in the hospital for treatment. 

Another individual was also treated at the hospital for an unrelated illness and received the positive diagnosis on April 1.  That resident remains hospitalized for treatment.  

We have reached out individually to anyone who might have been in contact with these individuals and it is important to note that because of the Enhanced Resident Protection Protocol put in place on March 17, no residents would have had any contact with these individuals since that date. 

No team members at the community have tested positive for COVID-19. 

 Our Enhanced Resident Protection Protocol remains in place at the community and that includes additional cleaning and sanitation.  Here is what that entails:  

Visitors: 

  • We are not allowing visitors to enter the community at this time. 
  • Family members may drop essential supplies to residents outside the community and team members will deliver to resident apartments. 

Dining: 

  • The dining room remains closed and residents will continue to receive all meals via cart service to their apartments.

Residents in Apartments:

  • During this time, residents will need to remain in their apartments.​

Daily Temperature Checks:

  • We will continue checking residents and team members for fever symptoms each day.

We continue to thank you for your support and understanding and encourage you to please reach out to the community leadership team if you have any specific questions. 

We will also continue to provide updates here and via email you can always reach out to us at the community or on our hotline at 206-676-5330.