Benedictine Coronavirus Information

At Benedictine, we are committed to providing the best possible care. Following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), state and local departments of health, we are working tirelessly to safeguard the health and wellness of all in our care and those who are providing the care.

What is Benedictine doing to ensure resident and staff safety?

Our residents’ and associates’ health, wellness and safety is our top priority. The following are just some of the protocols we have established:

  • A Benedictine COVID-19 multi-disciplinary taskforce has been working to ensure we are meeting and exceeding protocols and guidelines established by the CDC, CMS and state departments of health.
  • Our community staff are providing compassionate care to make sure residents are staying mentally healthy and stimulated while adhering to federal, state and local health guidance.
  • We initiated aggressive proactive infection control measures and screening procedures, and our staff and residents are following the recommended preventative actions, including screening staff and other essential workers when entering our communities.
  • To protect our residents and staff, all associates are wearing face masks and eye protection as required by state and federal guidelines to reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus.
  • Residents have been given face masks to wear and encouraged to social distance when outbreaks occur.
  • We are in very close communications with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps.
  • When identified, we work to contain the virus by creating special units with designated staff to care for them and protocols for enhanced environmental cleaning in use.
Protect yourself and those you love with the COVID-19 vaccine!

Getting vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect you and everyone around you, particularly those who are at increased risk for severe illness. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, free and readily available. Not sure where to find a vaccine? Check out www.vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find a location near you. If you still have questions, please go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus for more information.

We look forward to the day when COVID-19 is vanquished. Until then, we appreciate your cooperation as we comply with the requirements applicable to senior care facilities.

Visitors are welcome!

Federal guidance allows visitors even if there is an active case of COVID-19 on the campus. Visitors need to be aware that there may be a risk for becoming infected by COVID-19 when there are active cases on a campus. We do take all recommended infection and prevention control precautions, but becoming infected is always a possibility.

Visitors do need to follow several infection prevention and control requirements including:

  • Completing a health screening and following the Core Principles of Infection Control, including practicing good hand hygiene, wearing a face covering or mask that covers the mouth and nose, and physically distancing at least six feet from other residents and staff.
  • Visitors who have had a positive viral test for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19, or who currently meet the criteria for quarantine, should not enter the facility. Visitors need to understand that there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19 when visiting.
  • For the health and safety of visitors and all residents, visits should take place in the residents’ room (if private) or in a common space where physical distancing can be followed
  • While CMS does not recommend visitation when a resident is actively infected with COVID-19 or in quarantine, residents may still choose to have visitors. The Core Principles of Infection Control need to be followed.

Visitors can further help protect our residents and staff by taking an over-the-counter COVID-19 test prior to visiting. This strategy helps to keep those who are ill from carrying COVID-19 to residents and staff. Thank you for your cooperation with all these safety measures.

Other resources
Illinois Department of Health
Minnesota Department of Health
Missouri Department of Health
North Dakota Department of Health
Wisconsin Depatment of Health
Center for Disease Control