Important Coronavirus Information

January 13, 2021

At Benedictine Living Community-Minneapolis, our priority is the health, wellness and safety of our residents and associates. We are in close communications with our state and local health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps to prevent the spread of the virus.

Please check our hotline – 612-540-3140 – for the latest COVID-19 update.

COVID-19 Vaccine:

January 10 was an exciting day at Benedictine Living Community-Minneapolis as residents and employees were offered the COVID-19 vaccine. Getting vaccinated is one of the best ways we have to protect ourselves and everyone around us from the devastating effects of COVID-19. We are waiting for information on when the second dose of the vaccine will be offered and will share that information when it becomes available.

Some information about the vaccine:

  • 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.

Getting this vaccination will not only protect you from being infected; it will help us take a big step towards ending this pandemic. As we wait for all to receive the vaccine, we urge everyone to remain vigilant with wearing face masks and wearing them properly, to practice good hand hygiene and social distancing.

Visitation

Because we have not had a new case of COVID-19 on our campus for 14 days, we are now able to begin hosting indoor visitation. Indoor visits will need to be scheduled. Visitors will need to be screened, wear a facemask at all times, and maintain a social distance. Essential caregiver and virtual visits may also be scheduled. Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Our COVID-19 Update:

Due to an improvement in our county’s positivity rate, we have been able to move to weekly testing for our employees and residents. This testing helps to identify those who may have the virus and many not show symptoms so we can care for them and potentially limit transmission to others. We will post an update on our hotline if we identify any new positive cases.

As we have for the past months, we continue to monitor all residents and staff 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.

Infection Control Measures

Since early March, 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. Our campus continues to:

  • Monitor and screen residents daily for symptoms of respiratory illness, temperature and oxygen levels.
  • Provide masks to all residents to wear when caregivers are in their room or when out of their room for any reason.
  • Offer socially distanced meal service and activities.
  • Restrict visitors per current state guidance. Visitors must be screened and free of symptoms before they are allowed to enter with protective precautions in place.
  • Encourage health care providers to use telehealth when possible.
  • Screen 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.
  • Require all employees to wear face masks and face shields while providing care.
  • Implement enhanced infection control measures, including extra efforts to clean and disinfect all high-touch areas throughout the building.

We encourage loved ones to keep in touch via phone, mail, email or video chat.

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.