Important Coronavirus Information
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.
Face masks still required on our campus:
On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued good news for those who are fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated (meaning that you have completed the full series of the vaccine and two weeks have passed since the last dose), the CDC says you can resume activities without wearing a face mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, or local law.
Unfortunately, healthcare is one of those exceptions in which wearing a face mask is still required except in certain circumstances. While face masks are required to be worn in most areas of our campus, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does allow for fully vaccinated residents to visit in person with fully vaccinated visitors without wearing face masks and within close contact when in a private room or apartment. Face masks must be worn in common areas or when an unvaccinated person is in the room or area.
Employees who are fully vaccinated may remove their face masks in break rooms or meeting rooms when all present are fully vaccinated. All employees must continue to wear face masks and eye protection when in care areas.
If you are unvaccinated and are interested in vaccination, the COVID-19 vaccine is readily available in our community. 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. If you still have questions, go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
Because the health and safety of our residents and employees is our priority, Benedictine Living Community-Winona is offering regular and as needed coronavirus testing to our residents and employees. We will post an update on our hotline – 507-454-1000 – if our testing identifies 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.
Our Infection Control Measures:
Beginning in March 2020, 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.
- 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.
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.