COVID-19 restrictions across the country are easing as states work to balance reopening of the economy with efforts to keep people safe from the virus.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, SARS-CoV-2 has been particularly dangerous for our long-term care residents. Mutations create new disease variants and new challenges for our staff and residents. To keep our residents as safe as possible we are asking visitors to work with us to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in our settings.
Omicron and other variants emphasize the importance of vaccination and boosters to not only prevent disease from some variants, but also to decrease the illness severity from other variants. Maintaining strict infection prevention and control protocols is critical to protect our residents.
We are so happy visitation is open and welcome you to our community.
We thank our dedicated and trained caregivers.
Together, we will combat COVID-19.
There are some things you can do that are highly recommended to help keep our residents and staff healthy during this time.
- Consider an over-the-counter COVID-19 test prior to visiting. This strategy helps to keep those who are ill from carrying COVID-19 into our residents and staff.
- Wear masks while in the building.
- We also recommend wearing masks when you’re in public. This recommendation is because of the extremely high transmission rate in Minnesota right now; and, to reduce the likelihood asymptomatic visitors will carry COVID-19 to our residents and staff.
- Be alert to your own health. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of illness. We want to avoid COVID-19 entering our building but we also want to avoid the flu and other illness too.
- Screen yourselves before entering the building. If you have a temperature, any symptoms of COVID-19, or have a known exposure to someone who is COVID positive, please do not visit.
- Wash your hands often and frequently while visiting. Handwashing is the number one defense against all infections.
- Please visit in your loved one’s room or apartment.
- Physically distance from others while visiting.
- Visit your loved one but do not go to other areas of the building.
- Do not visit with large groups of people. Larger groups are encouraged to divide into smaller groups to minimize the risk of infection.
We understand vaccines provide protection against severe illness and death. However, the best outcome is for us not to be infected in the first place. We hope you and your loved one have a happy and safe visit.