Important Coronavirus Information
At Benedictine Living Community – Duluth, 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.
We are open General/Indoor visitation across the entire campus. At this time, it is no longer necessary to schedule visits. Please proceed to front desk for screening.
We continue to stress the continued need for visitors to adhere to the core principles of infection control.
- Wear a face mask over the mouth and nose at all times. If both visitor and resident are fully vaccinated, you may remove you mask during your visit in the resident’s room.
- Wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon entry, as needed throughout the visit, and as you exit.
- Maintain a six-foot distance from other residents and staff.
- Please avoid visiting in common spaces, walk directly to the resident’s room, and remain in their room for duration of visit.
- No eating and drinking during visit.
- With warming weather, it is a fine time to visit outside in the garden. When traveling to the garden, please avoid stopping in common spaces, wear your face mask and maintain social distance from others.
We still encourage friends and family to connect with residents via phone calls, US mail, email, and visits through technology – ask about new ZOOM option.
Current Visitation Options Available by Program:
- Compassionate Caregiver visits are available at Benedictine Health Center, Marywood, Westwood Independent and Assisted Living, and Westwood Terrace.
- Essential Caregiver visits are available at Benedictine Health Center, Marywood, Westwood Independent and Assisted Living, and Westwood Terrace.
- General/Indoor visits are available at Benedictine Health Center, Marywood, Westwood Independent and Assisted Living, and Westwood Terrace.
Face masks still required to be worn on our campus:
On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued good news for those who are fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated (meaning that you have completed the full series of the vaccine and two weeks have passed since the last dose), the CDC says you can resume activities without wearing a face mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, or local law.
Unfortunately, healthcare is one of those exceptions in which wearing a face mask is still required except in certain circumstances. While face masks are required to be worn in most areas of our campus, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does allow for fully vaccinated residents to visit in person with fully vaccinated visitors without wearing face masks and within close contact when in a private room or apartment. Face masks must be worn in common areas or when an unvaccinated person is in the room or area.
Employees who are fully vaccinated may remove their face masks in break rooms or meeting rooms when all present are fully vaccinated. All employees must continue to wear face masks and eye protection when in care or common areas.
If you are unvaccinated and are interested in vaccination, the COVID-19 vaccine is readily available. Not sure where? Check out 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.
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.
Benedictine Health Center is currently providing weekly coronavirus testing for residents and employees. Testing is also provided as needed for symptomatic residents and employees. 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. We will update our hotline – 218-279-7607 – if our testing identifies any new positive results.
As we have for the past year, we will continue to closely monitor all residents and employees for signs or symptoms of the virus. We remain in close communication with our state and local health officials to ensure we are implementing all appropriate measures.
Infection Control Measures:
In all areas, we continue the enhanced infection control efforts that we implemented in March 2020, including extra efforts to clean and disinfect all high-touch areas throughout the building and the following measures:
For all Residents:
- Monitor and screen all residents daily for symptoms and temperatures.
- Provided a mask to wear when staff are in their room or they leave their room for any reason.
- Encourage health care providers to use telehealth when possible.
- Offer socially distanced meals and activities in dining rooms and common spaces.
For COVID-19 positive residents and patients:
- If a resident or patient tests positive, they are moved to a special designated unit where they are isolated and cared for by regularly scheduled associates. Their condition is closely monitored with notification to family and their physician.
- Screen staff prior to beginning work for symptoms. Employees are not allowed in the building if they are ill. Any employee who exhibit symptoms is instructed to self-quarantine at home and/or seek medical care.
- Require all employees to wear a face mask and eye protection.