Client Testimonial: Health Services Administrator
As the Health Services Administrator for Bayview Retirement Community in Seattle, Washington, it is with great pleasure I write to review Puraka Masks. Bayview is a 62-year and older, Life Plan Community which serves the greater Seattle area with five different levels of care. From Independent Living, Assisted Living, Assisted Memory Care, Skilled Nursing Care, and Child Development, Bayview has over 200 community members, and over 200 employees.
In late February, Washington and specifically Kirkland became one of the original “hot-spots” at the inception of the Pandemic. As Bayview is located less than 15 miles away from the facility that drew national attention to the pandemic, it was evident a drastic change of infection control strategy was needed at Bayview to keep the virus out of the Bayview Community. Although personal protective equipment, (especially facemasks) was in very short supply, Bayview was able to partner with Puraka Masks, a Seattle based company originally founded to combat wildfire smoke pollution, to obtain an adequate supply of high-quality, fabric particulate masks. Before “Universal Source Control” became common terminology, Bayview quickly adopted the consistent use of facemasks for all staff, then shortly after all community members, as an effective strategy to mitigate the risk of exposure of COVID- 19.
Puraka continues to provide products and services to meet the needs of our community members and staff. As more information about the characteristics of COVID-19 came to light, Puraka was able to quickly respond and retool equipment to continue to provide a lighter-weight, active style mask with filter continuing to keep our community safe. Our staff also utilizes a Puraka UV Sterilizer Box to sanitize the surface of their masks and other small sized personal effects.
To date, Bayview community members remain COVID-19 free. Bayview has not experienced any inter-facility transmission of COVID-19. There is no doubt in my mind the decision to partner with Puraka masks is the single largest reason why our community members remain safe to this day. Thank you Puraka!
Joel G. Smith, NHA
Health Services Administrator
Bayview Retirement Community
"There is no doubt in my mind the decision to partner with Puraka masks is the single largest reason why our community members remain safe to this day."