Important Coronavirus Information
April 7, 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.
Benedictine Minneapolis has hosted three COVID-19 vaccine clinics offering the vaccine to our residents and employees. We continue to urge everyone to get vaccinated for COVID-19. 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 the vaccine to reach everyone, we urge everyone to remain vigilant with wearing face masks, wearing them properly, and practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing.
We are thankful to be able to welcome visitors back into our campus. In March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued updated visitation guidance. There are some differences for residents who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (which means they have received both doses of the vaccine and 14 days have passed since their last vaccination) and those who haven’t been vaccinated or have not reached the fully vaccinated status.
All residents are advised to follow the Core Principles of infection control, such as wearing well-fitting masks that cover the mouth and nose, staying 6 feet from others (social distancing) when practical, and using good hand hygiene to reduce risk of infection.
If a resident is fully vaccinated, it means they:
- do not have to quarantine after non-medically necessary outings unless they spend 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period within 6 feet of someone who can spread COVID-19.
- may gather indoors or outdoors with other people who are fully vaccinated;
- may visit indoors or outdoors with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 infection;
- may choose to have close contact (including touch) with the persons visiting;
- may choose to attend a place of worship or other group event that complies with current state mandates or restrictions, shop or eat in a public establishment.
If the resident hasn’t been vaccinated and they choose to leave the building, they may be required to quarantine for 14 days when they return if they haven’t test positive for COVID-19 in the past, have tested positive more than 90 days prior to outing, or tested positive by antigen test but had no symptoms. They will not need to quarantine if they tested positive within 90 days prior to the outing or have been released from isolation, per CDC guidelines.
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 www.benedictineminneapolis.org and select “Schedule a videochat.”
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 if our testing identifies 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.
Please check our hotline – 612-540-3140 – for the latest COVID-19 update.
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.
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.