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 those you love with the COVID-19 vaccine!

Getting vaccinated 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. Getting these shots will not only protect you from being infected; it will help us take a big step towards ending this pandemic.

If you are unvaccinated and are interested in vaccination, the COVID-19 vaccine is safe, free and 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? Go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus for the latest information on the vaccine.

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

COVID-19 Update:

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.

Visitation Guidelines:

At this time, indoor/general visitation for all residents (vaccinated and unvaccinated) at Benedictine Health Center and Westwood Terrace has been suspended. Essential caregiver and compassionate care visits may still be scheduled. To schedule compassionate care and essential caregiver visits in Benedictine Health Center, contact Stacie Oakland at stacie.oakland@benedictineliving.org or 218-522-8908 by 3:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday for next day visits and 3:30 p.m. on Fridays for any Saturday, Sunday or Monday visits. To schedule essential caregiver and compassionate care visits for Westwood Terrace, please contact Tracey Pavlatos at tracey.pavlatos@benedictineliving.org or 218-302-3567.

Please note, a phone call or ZOOM call from families and friends can brighten a resident’s day. We will notify families as soon as we are able to resume indoor visitation.

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 on the campus are available at Marywood, Westwood Independent and Assisted Living.

Visit Procedures

We do stress the continued need for visitors to adhere to the core principles of infection control. These measures include:

  • Wear a facemask over the mouth and nose at all times.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon entry, as needed through 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.
  • With beautiful weather, it is a fine time to visit outside. When visiting outdoors, please avoid stopping in common spaces, wear your mask and maintain social distancing guidance.
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.

For Employees:

  • 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.