Important Coronavirus Information
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.
On campus visitation open:
We are thankful to be able to welcome visitors back onto our campus. All visitors will still need to be screened for COVID-19 before their visit, to wear a well-fitting face mask for the duration of their visit, maintain social distance from other residents and staff, practice good hand hygiene and remain in the resident’s room or designated visiting space. Visitors who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days prior to their visit will not be allowed into the building. Your cooperation with these measures is greatly appreciated.
We are required to inform visitors that there may be a risk of exposure to COVID-19 while visiting. Adhering to the basic infection prevention measures helps to mitigate the risk.
Please note – visitation may be cancelled on short notice if a resident or employee tests positive for COVID-19. If a resident or employee tests positive, we are required to restrict general visitation until testing has been completed. We will provide notification as quickly as possible if changes are required.
We also encourage family and friends to visit virtually. If you would like to schedule a video chat with a resident, please fill out the “Connect With Us” form on our website and select “Schedule a videochat.”
Face masks still required 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 where 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.
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. 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.
Our COVID-19 Update:
Benedictine Living Community-Minneapolis is providing regular coronavirus testing and as needed to residents and employees experiencing symptoms. 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 – 612-540-3140 – if our testing identifies any new positive cases.
As we have for the past year, 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 March 2020, 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 as necessary.
- 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 eye protection while providing care.
- Implement 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.