Important Coronavirus Information

Important COVID-19 update

At Benedictine Living Community – Winona, our priority is the health and wellness of our residents and employees. We know that the frail and elderly are especially susceptible to the coronavirus. That is why we have been doing everything we can to prevent the spread of this virus onto our campus.

Visitation:

At this time, indoor visitation is suspended in Benedictine Callista Court and Ave Maria Place. Residents at Callista Court and Ave Maria Place are allowed visits from one essential care giver at a time from a two-person list. Outdoor visits are allowed for all residents. Indoor visitation is available in Benedictine Saint Anne. We understand that this is difficult news. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires us to restrict visitation in all areas until we have completed at least one round of COVID-19 testing without a new positive test result.

All visitors are reminded they need to follow the Core Principles of Infection Control. Visitors will need to be screened for COVID-19 before their visit, refrain from visiting if ill, wear a well-fitting face mask over their nose and mouth for the entire visit, maintain social distance from other residents and staff, practice good hand hygiene and remain in the resident’s room or designated visiting space for the duration of their visit. Thank you so much for your cooperation with these measures.

Please note – visitation may be cancelled on short notice if a resident or employee tests positive for COVID-19. The current state and federal visitation guidance requires us to restrict general visitation until testing has been completed if a new positive test result is identified.

Our COVID-19 Update:

Benedictine Living Community-Winona is offering coronavirus testing as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and as needed to our residents, tenants 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.

As we have for the past few months, we continue to monitor and screen all residents and associates for signs and symptoms of the virus. We remain close communication with our local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps at this time.

Protect yourself and those you love with the COVID-19 vaccine!

If you are unvaccinated and are interested in vaccination, the COVID-19 vaccine is readily available in our community. Not sure where? Check out www.vaccines.gov, 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:

Because the health and wellness of our residents and employees is our priority, 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 since early in March 2020. 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.
  • 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 associate 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 while providing care.
  • 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.