Important Coronavirus Information
At Benedictine Living Community-Rochester, our priority is the health, wellness and safety of our residents and employees. We are in very close communications with our state and local health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps to prevent the spread of the virus.
Visitors are now welcome any time during our visiting hours. When we are required to complete outbreak testing (following a new positive test result for a resident or employee), we are no longer required to limit visitors to compassionate care and essential caregiver visits.
Be aware that there is a risk for becoming infected by COVID-19 when there are active cases in our building. We take all infection control precautions, but becoming infected is a possibility. At that time, we do recommend visiting by phone or technology as the safest way to visit.
- All visitors must complete a health screening and follow the Core Principles of Infection Control, including practicing good hand hygiene, wearing a face covering or mask that covers the mouth and nose, and physically distancing at least six feet from other residents and staff.
- Visitors who have had a positive viral test for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19, or who currently meet the criteria for quarantine, should not enter the facility. Visitors need to understand that there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19 when visiting.
- For the health and safety of visitors and all residents, visits should take place in the residents’ room (if private) or in a common space where physical distancing can be followed.
- While CMS does not recommend visitation when a resident is actively infected with COVID-19 or in quarantine, residents may still choose to have visitors. The Core Principles of Infection Control need to be followed.
You can further help protect our residents and staff by taking an over-the-counter COVID-19 test prior to visiting. This strategy helps to keep those who are ill from carrying COVID-19 onto our campus to our residents and staff. Thank you for your cooperation with all these safety measures.
Benedictine Living Community-Rochester is providing regular coronavirus testing as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 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 – 507-529-3650 – if our testing identifies any new positive cases.
We continue to closely monitor all residents and employees for signs and symptoms of illness. We are also 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.
Protect yourself and those you love with the COVID-19 vaccine!
Getting vaccinated and boosted 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.
If you are unvaccinated and are interested in vaccination or a booster, the COVID-19 vaccine is free and readily available in our community. Not sure where? Check out https://vaccineconnector.mn.gov/en-US/, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find a location near you. If you still have questions, please go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus for more information.
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.
Infection Control Measures:
Since 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. Because we have taken this situation very seriously, our campus has been:
- Monitoring and screening residents daily for symptoms of respiratory illness, temperature and oxygen levels.
- Providing face masks to all residents to wear.
- Restricting visitors according to current state guidance. All visitors must be screened and free of symptoms before they are allowed to enter with protective precautions in place.
- Encouraging health care providers to use telehealth when possible.
- Screening all employees for symptoms and temperature prior to beginning work. 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.
- Requiring all employees to wear face masks and eye protection. 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.