Important Coronavirus Information
Important message from Barb Wessberg, Executive Director
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.
Protect yourself and your loved ones with a COVID-19 vaccine!
Getting vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you, particularly those who are at increased risk for severe illness. If you are unvaccinated or in need of a booster, 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. Still have questions? Click this link for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine from the CDC. 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 Living Community-Duluth is currently providing regular coronavirus testing for employees and 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 communication with our state and local health officials to ensure we are implementing all appropriate measures.
Visitors are now welcome any time during our visiting hours. When we are required to complete outbreak testing (following a new positive test result for a resident or employee), we are no longer required to limit visitors to compassionate care and essential caregiver visits.
Please be aware that there may be a risk for becoming infected by COVID-19 when there are active cases on our campus. We take all recommended infection and prevention control precautions, but becoming infected is always a possibility.
All visitors are reminded to follow the infection control guidelines:
- All visitors must still complete a health screening and follow the Core Principles of Infection Control, including practicing good hand hygiene, wearing a face covering or mask that covers the mouth and nose at all times, 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.
You 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 onto our campus to our residents and staff. Thank you for your cooperation with all these safety 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.
- Encourage health care providers to use telehealth when possible.
- Follow visitor guidelines for each program area. All visitors must be screened and free of symptoms before they are allowed to enter with protective precautions in place.
- 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.
- Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 are allowed to return to work when they have been fever-free without use of medication for at least 24 hours, have improved respiratory symptoms, and it has been at least 10 days since their first symptoms first appeared.
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.