Important Coronavirus Information
January 6, 2021
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 all we can to prevent the spread of this virus onto our campus.
Please check our hotline – 507-454-1000 – for the latest COVID-19 update.
Because the health and safety of our residents and employees is our priority, Benedictine Living Community-Winona is offering coronavirus testing to our residents and employees. We are currently testing residents and staff twice per week. We will post an update on our hotline if we identify any new positive cases. We continue to closely monitor all residents and employees for signs and symptoms of the virus.
All our employees are following the latest infection control protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our state and local health departments. As an extra precaution as of July 31, we have closed the Benedictine Adult Day Center until further notice. We have shared this information directly with our clients and their families.
We are excited to share that residents and associates at Benedictine Saint Anne received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Dec. 31. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has decided that residents in long-term care are in the highest priority group and they will get the vaccine first—along with all of our associates. Some details on the vaccine:
- There will be no cost to residents or our associates for the shots.
- Everyone will need two injections with a specific time in between (21 or 28 days depending on the vaccine) for the vaccination to be effective.
- If an individual has had COVID-19, they should still get the vaccine.
- Some people have had a sore arm, mild aches and fever after getting the shot, but you cannot be infected by COVID-19 through the shot. It’s important that everyone receive both injections.
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.
Our Infection Control Measures
Beginning in March, we implemented all recommended guidance from the CDC, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and our state and local health departments to protect our residents and staff. Because we have taken this situation very seriously, our campus has:
- Monitored and screened all residents daily for symptoms of respiratory illness, temperature and oxygen levels.
- Provided a mask to wear when our caregivers are in their room or to wear if they leave their room for any reason.
- Encouraged health care providers to use telehealth when possible.
- Offered socially distanced meal service and activities.
- Restricted visitors to only essential health care services and compassionate care situations such as end of life. Even those visitors must be screened and free of symptoms before they are allowed to enter with protective precautions in place.
- Screened all our associates for symptoms and temperature at the beginning of their shift each day. Associates are not allowed in the building if they are ill.
- Required all associates to wear face masks and eye protection.
- Implemented enhanced infection control measures, including extra efforts to clean and disinfect all high-touch areas throughout the building.
In spite of the restrictions, we’ve also been creative in offering social and spiritual activities to keep spirits up. We encourage friends and family to keep in touch through mail, e-mail and/or video chat.
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.