Important Coronavirus Information
January 22, 2021
At Benedictine Living Community – Crookston, our priority is the health and wellness of our residents and employees. We know that the frail and elderly are especially susceptible to the coronavirus. That is why we have been doing everything we can to prevent the spread of this virus onto our campus.
Please check our COVID-19 hotline at 218-275-4138 for the latest COVID-19 updates.
January 16 was an exciting day as residents, tenants and employees rolled up their sleeves to receive their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The second dose will be administered on Feb. 13. Some details on the vaccination:
- There will be no cost to residents or our employees for the vaccination.
- Everyone will need two injections with a specific time in between (21 or 28 days depending on the vaccine) for the vaccination to be effective.
- If an individual has had COVID-19, they should still get the vaccine.
- Some people have had a sore arm, mild aches and fever after getting the shot, but you cannot be infected by COVID-19 through the shot. It’s important that everyone receive both injections.
We encourage everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19. It is one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you, particularly those who are at increased risk for severe illness. Getting these shots will not only protect you from being infected; it will help us take a big step towards ending this pandemic.
As we are vaccinated and wait for the vaccine for all, we must continue to remain vigilant with wearing our masks, wearing them properly, and practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing.
While we are still unable to begin indoor visitation, we do encourage family and friends to take advantage of window visits (weather permitting) or visits via technology. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) requires us to restrict visitation until we have not had a new COVID-19 positive case on our campus for 14 days. Please contact us to set up a visit.
Our COVID-19 Update:
Benedictine Living Community-Crookston is offering regular coronavirus testing to our residents, tenants and employees. We also provide it as needed if symptoms arise. Testing enables us to better protect our residents and staff by identifying those who may be positive, but are not having any symptoms. Once identified, we can implement additional infection control measures quickly to better care for those who may be infected.
As we have for the past few months, we continue to monitor and screen all residents and associates for signs and symptoms of the virus. We remain close communication with our local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps at this time.
Infection Control Measures
Because the health and wellness of our residents and associates is our priority, we have followed all recommended guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and our state and local health departments since early in March. Because we have taken this situation very seriously, our campus has been:
- Monitoring and screening residents daily for symptoms of respiratory illness, temperature and oxygen levels.
- Providing face masks to all residents to wear whenever one of our staff is in their room or apartment or when they venture outside their room or apartment.
- Offering socially distanced meals and activities.
- Encouraging health care providers to use telehealth when possible.
- Restricting visitors in accordance with our state guidance. Visitors must be screened and free of symptoms before they are allowed to enter with protective precautions in place.
- Screening all associates for symptoms and temperature prior to beginning work. Associates are not allowed in the building if they are ill. Any associate who exhibits symptoms is instructed to self-quarantine at home and/or seek medical care.
- Requiring all associates to wear face masks and eye protection while providing care.
- Implementing enhanced infection control measures, including extra efforts to clean and disinfect all high-touch areas throughout the building.
As we navigate this challenge, we are especially grateful for our dedicated caregivers, who are working tirelessly to ensure a clean, safe environment for all who live and work here. We all remain focused on providing exceptional care and services for all our residents.
*SUMMIT tenant families and friends dropping off groceries and other items. PLEASE use the South Villa MAIN Door during business hours. If you need to make other arrangements, please call 218-281-3424.
*Activity associates are providing one on one visits to residents and tenants in their rooms/apts. We have been hard at work with new technology. You are now able to set up FaceTime/Duo with your loved one via Sign Up Genius. Using the link below you can sign up for a slot.
If you have issues with the page/link please call to sign up, leave a message and we will get back to you if no one answers. 218-281-3424 ext. 252 (Villa Activity Room)The Summit Family members can call 218-281-3424 ext. 222 (Summit Activity Room) to set up your appointments with Kathy directly. Thank you!
- Culinary Services…Because communal dining has been discouraged, some VSV residents and SUMMIT tenants are choosing to eat their meals in their rooms. While others are going to the dining rooms…but are being seated at a minimum of 6 feet apart (yep, the good ol tape measure was utilized).
- Nursing…Residents and tenants are being well cared for. Per recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and our Medical Director, Dr. Kanten, Villa residents and SUMMIT tenants’ temperatures are being taken twice per day…and oxygen saturation are being taken once a day. Every day, the nursing leadership and many others of the management team are participating in phone webinars with the Benedictine Infection Control Experts/Medical Director and the MN Department of Health so as to stay up to date on the most recent corona-virus updates.
- Pastoral Care…Daily prayer continues over the intercom system. For the residents and tenants wishing to receive Catholic Communion, they have been able to so every Thursday morning in their rooms/apartments.
- General…The only entrance into the campus for employees, for grocery delivery, all other deliveries, and for medically necessary visits, is through the main entrance of the Villa St. Vincent (the south double doors facing the Cathedral Church).
The residents, tenants and associates have been absolutely amazing through this entire process. Please, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call and speak with our nurse managers, social workers or any of our leadership team members.