Important Coronavirus Information

At the Benedictine Living Community–Shakopee, our priority is the health and wellness of our residents and associates. We know that the frail and elderly are especially susceptible to the coronavirus. That’s why we’ve been doing all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 onto our campus.

COVID-19 Testing

Benedictine Living Community-Shakopee has been providing regular COVID-19 testing as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and as needed testing for residents, patients and employees with symptoms. Testing enables us to better protect our residents and staff by identifying those who may be positive, but are not having any symptoms. Once identified, we can implement additional infection control measures quickly to better care for those who may be infected. We will update our hotline – 952-206-8945 – if our testing identifies any new positive cases.

We continue to monitor all our residents and staff for signs and symptoms of the virus. Because the health and wellness of our residents and associates is our priority, we have implemented all recommended measures to prevent the spread of this virus on our campus. We are also in close communication with our local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps.

Visitation:
    • St. Gertrude’s 200s, 400s, 1000s, and 2000s units are open for general indoor visitation. Visitors must screen in and wear a face mask. Any patient or resident who is on infection control precautions may not host any visitors or essential caregivers.

    The Gardens is open for general indoor visits. Please use the Gardens entrance. You must still screen in and wear a mask.

    Windermere Way is open for general indoor visits. Please screen in and wear a mask.

All indoor visits must follow the Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Visitation including completing a health screening, wearing a face mask covering the mouth and nose at all times, completing hand hygiene, and maintaining social distance of six feet from others residents and staff.

Please note: indoor 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 with no new positive results.

Protect yourself and your loved ones with a COVID-19 vaccine!

Getting vaccinated 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. Getting these shots will not only protect you from being infected; it will help us take a big step towards ending this pandemic.

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.

Infection Control Measures:

We continue our enhanced infection control measures of extra efforts to clean and disinfect all high-touch areas throughout the building and the following measures.

For all Residents and Patients

  • Monitor and screen residents daily for symptoms of respiratory illness, temperature, and oxygen levels.
  • Provide a face mask to wear when staff is in their room or they leave their room for any reason.
  • We are currently following MN Department of Health & CMS guidelines for all residents and patients related to dining and activities, which does allow for communal dining and group activities.

If we have COVID-19 positive Residents and Patients:

  • Move to special designated unit where they are isolated and cared for by regularly scheduled associates. Their condition is closely monitored. Family and their physician are notified.

For Associates, contract employees and vendors:

  • Screening associates for signs and symptoms prior to beginning work each day.
  • All associates are required to wear a face mask and eye protection.

As we navigate this challenge, we’re 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.