Important Coronavirus Information
January 4, 2021
At Benedictine Living Community-Ellendale, 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 hotline – 701-349-6733 – for the latest COVID-19 update.
We’re excited to share that we rolled up our sleeves and received our first round of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations were offered to residents and our employees on Dec. 22 and 30. The second dose of the vaccine will be offered on Jan. 27. Details on the vaccinations:
- There will be no cost to residents or our associates for the shots.
- 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.
The rise in our county’s positivity rate impacts our ability to offer indoor visits. Effective Jan. 4, we must restrict our visitation to window and virtual visits only. Please call Ann at 349-6707 or Courtney at 349-6704 to schedule a visit. Thank you so much for your cooperation with these measures.
Due to a rise in our county’s positivity rate, Benedictine Living Community-Ellendale must return to providing coronavirus testing twice a week to our employees and weekly to residents and tenants. This effort helps to identify those who may have the virus and may not show symptoms so we can care for them and potentially limit transmission to others.
We continue to monitor all our residents and associates for signs and symptoms of the virus. We also remain in close communication with our local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps to prevent the virus from spreading on our campus. Thank you so much for your cooperation with these measures.
Infection Control Measures
Because our residents’ and associates’ health and wellness is our priority, Benedictine Ellendale has implemented all recommended measures to prevent the spread of this virus on our campus. All our associates are following the latest infection control protocols from the CDC to protect the health and safety of our residents and themselves, including:
- Monitoring and screening residents daily for symptoms of respiratory illness, temperature and oxygen levels.
- Providing masks to all residents to wear when caregivers are in their room.
- Implementing socially distanced meal service and activities.
- Restricted visitation per our state guidance. All visitors must be screened and free of symptoms before they are allowed to enter with protective precautions in place.
- Encouraged health care providers to use telehealth when possible.
- Screened staff prior to beginning work for symptoms. Employees are not allowed in the building if they are ill. Any employee who exhibits symptoms is instructed to self-quarantine at home and/or seek medical care.
- Required all employees 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.