St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update November 28, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:

I am writing today regarding two new positive resident cases and one new positive staff case of COVID-19 at St. William’s Living Center.  In today’s letter I will try to answer some additional questions that have come up recently.

We currently have the following active COVID-19 cases:

  • St. William’s Living Center: five active staff cases, seven active resident cases
  • McCornell Court Assisted Living: No active cases

Condition of Residents

It is difficult to provide details of our resident’s conditions in a letter like this due to privacy and HIPPA laws.  What I can say is that we immediately notify families if a resident tests positive.  We also regularly communicate with families when there is a change in condition, and we encourage families to reach out to a charge nurse if there are questions.  If you ever feel that your questions have not been answered, please call me at 218-338-1001; leave a message if I do not answer because I am frequently away from my desk.

COVID-19 Vaccine

We are hopeful that there will be a vaccine for residents and/or staff within weeks.  We have been planning with Otter Tail County and local pharmacies so that we are ready for the vaccine when it is available.

Visitation

We currently are not open for visitation, due the outbreak within our facility and county positivity rate.  We are allowing visitation for compassionate care and some limited essential care visits.  We encourage loved ones to communicate with our residents by a window visit, phone, or video chat, if possible.  You may call our activity department at 218-338-1010 to set up a time to schedule a video meeting or window visit with a resident.

Staffing

With the high community spread of COVID-19, we are very fortunate to not be in a crisis staffing mode.  SWLC had very high staffing levels prior to the pandemic and we increased our staffing levels by about 10% to 15% after the pandemic began to prepare for an outbreak.  I am thankful for our staff that have cross trained to work in multiple departments and for those who have picked up open shifts for their co-workers who are out ill.

Testing

We have been testing direct care staff twice per week with PCR saliva testing through Vault Health.  PCR testing is the most accurate testing available and saliva testing has the quickest turnaround time of two to three days for results.

Non-direct care staff and residents are tested weekly with PCR testing through Mayo Clinic.  Saliva testing does not work well for our residents, because most residents are not able to produce enough saliva for an accurate test.  The turnaround time for testing results from Mayo Clinic has slowed over the past month as cases have dramatically increased throughout Minnesota and the US. 

The third testing strategy that we are conducting is point of care antigen testing for residents.  The antigen tests return results in approximately 15 minutes.  Residents that have symptoms or have been exposed to staff with COVID-19 will be tested more frequently.  Antigen tests are generally less sensitive than PCR tests, which means that there is a higher chance of a false negative test. More information from the CDC about antigen testing can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/resources/antigen-tests-guidelines.html.

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Call the MDH hotline at: 1-651-201-3920. We will continue to provide updates to you to keep you informed of our ongoing work.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

Sincerely, Tim Kelly, Administrator

St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update November 27, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:

Yesterday we identified two new positive resident cases and two new positive staff cases of COVID-19.  Our priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy. Please know we are doing everything we can to stop the spread of this virus.

We currently have the following active COVID-19 cases:

  • St. William’s Living Center: six active staff cases, five active resident cases
  • McCornell Court Assisted Living: one active staff case, and one active resident case.

Isolating residents who have tested positive: We have set up a separate isolation area in the nursing home to treat residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.  Only staff that are working with COVID positive residents may enter this area.  Assisted Living Residents who do not need nursing home level of care are isolated to their apartment.

If a resident receives a positive result for COVID-19, we will contact family or a resident’s responsible person immediately to let them know about the positive result.  We also notify a resident’s family if a resident is exposed to a staff person that has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Call the MDH hotline at: 1-651-201-3920. We will continue to provide updates to you to keep you informed of our ongoing work.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update November 25, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:

We recently completed rapid antigen testing of all nursing home and assisted living residents.  Yesterday, two nursing home residents tested positive for COVID-19.

We currently have the following active COVID-19 cases:

  • St. William’s Living Center: four active staff cases, three active resident cases
  • McCornell Court Assisted Living: one active staff case, and one active resident case.

On Monday, November 25th, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) completed an Infection Control survey at the nursing home and found no deficiencies.  During the survey, our Infection Prevention and Control, Emergency Plan, Emergency Staffing Strategies, and COVID testing plan were reviewed.  The surveyors also observed resident care, quarantine, and isolation procedures, and interviewed staff.  Thank you to our staff for a great surey.

If a resident receives a positive result for COVID-19, we will contact family or a resident’s responsible person immediately to let them know about the positive result.  We also notify a resident’s family if a resident is exposed to a staff person that has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Call the MDH hotline at: 1-651-201-3920. We will continue to provide updates to you to keep you informed of our ongoing work.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update November 22, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:

We recently received notification of four new cases of COVID-19.  Two cases were in nursing home staff, one case was in a nursing home resident, and one case was in a McCornell Court assisted living resident.    

I want to thank our dedicated staff who are working tirelessly to take care of our residents.  Many staff have picked up extra shifts, stayed late, or come in early to fill in the gaps for the staff that are out sick.  We are in daily communication with the Minnesota Department of Health and are following all recommended guidance to keep residents safe.  We will continue to test staff and residents frequently, to prevent the virus from spreading within our facility.

We currently have the following active COVID-19 cases:

  • St. William’s Living Center: six active staff cases, one active resident case
  • McCornell Court Assisted Living: one active staff case, and one active resident case.

If a resident receives a positive result for COVID-19, we will contact family or a resident’s responsible person immediately to let them know about the positive result.  We also notify a resident’s family if a resident is exposed to a staff person that has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Call the MDH hotline at: 1-651-201-3920. We will continue to provide updates to you to keep you informed of our ongoing work.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly

Administrator

St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update November 19, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:

Today we received notification of two nursing home & assisted living staff that tested positive for COVID-19. 

We currently have eight active nursing home staff cases, one active assisted living staff case, and zero active nursing home resident case of COVID-19.

If a resident tests positive for COVID-19, we will contact family or a resident’s responsible person immediately to let them know about the positive result.  We also notify a resident’s family if a resident is exposed to a staff person that has tested positive for COVID-19.

To resume indoor visits, we must have no new COVID-19 cases for at least 14 days and two rounds of negative tests for all staff and residents.  Essential Care visits have been temporarily suspended, compassionate care visits for end of life situations will continue. 

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Call the MDH hotline at: 1-651-201-3920. We will continue to provide updates to you to keep you informed of our ongoing work.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update November 14, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:

Today we received notification of three nursing home staff that tested positive for COVID-19. 

We currently have six active nursing home staff cases, one active assisted living staff case, and one active nursing home resident case of COVID-19.

If a resident tests positive for COVID-19, we will contact family or a resident’s responsible person immediately to let them know about the positive result.  We also notify a resident’s family if a resident is exposed to a staff person that has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Call the MDH hotline at: 1-651-201-3920. We will continue to provide updates to you to keep you informed of our ongoing work.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update November 12, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:

Today we received notification of a nursing home staff person and assisted living worker that have tested positive for COVID-19.  The nursing home staff person did not work while infectious, because the staff person was quarantined due to a known exposure.

We currently have four active nursing home staff cases, one active assisted living staff case, and one active nursing home resident case of COVID-19.

If a resident tests positive for COVID-19, we will contact family or a resident’s responsible person immediately to let them know about the positive result.  We also notify a resident’s family if a resident is exposed to a staff person that has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Call the MDH hotline at: 1-651-201-3920. We will continue to provide updates to you to keep you informed of our ongoing work.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

RE: St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update November 11, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:

Today we received notification of a staff person of the nursing home that has tested positive for COVID-19. 

We currently have three active nursing home staff cases and one active nursing home resident case of COVID-19.

If a resident tests positive for COVID-19, we will contact family or a resident’s responsible person immediately to let them know about the positive result.  We also notify a resident’s family if a resident is exposed to a staff person that has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Call the MDH hotline at: 1-651-201-3920. We will continue to provide updates to you to keep you informed of our ongoing work.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update November 8, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:

Today we received notification of a staff person of the nursing home that has tested positive for COVID-19. 

We currently have three active nursing home staff cases and one active nursing home resident case of COVID-19.

Testing Plan

We have been testing staff and residents weekly with PCR testing through Mayo Clinic.  PCR testing has the best accuracy of the available options, but we have found that the turn around time for testing results from Mayo Clinic has slowed over the past couple weeks as cases have dramatically increased throughout Minnesota and the US.  

We will continue to test through Mayo Clinic on a weekly basis, but we have begun other options as well.  On Friday, November 6th, we began testing direct care staff with Saliva testing through Vault Health.  We are seeing the test results back from the saliva tests within 48 hours, which is a significant improvement from other testing options.  Direct care staff will be tested twice per week until this outbreak has been contained.

The third testing strategy that we have begun is point of care antigen testing for residents that have been exposed to a positive staff person.  The antigen testing device return results in approximately 15 minutes. Antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 are generally less sensitive than viral tests that detect nucleic acid using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).  More information from the CDC about antigen testing can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/resources/antigen-tests-guidelines.html.

We will continue to test all staff and residents at least weekly until we have had no new cases for 14 days in a row.  Residents that have been exposed to staff with COVID-19 will be tested more frequently.  All staff are tested at least weekly for COVID-19 and all direct care staff will be tested two times per week until the outbreak has been contained.

Visitation

To resume indoor visits, we must have no new COVID-19 cases for at least 14 days and two rounds of negative tests for all staff and residents.  Essential Care visits have been suspended in the nursing home.  Compassionate care visits for end of life situations and essential care visits in McCornell Court Assisted Living will continue. 

We encourage loved ones to communicate with our residents by phone or video chat, if possible.  You may call our activity department at 218-338-1010 to set up a time to schedule a video meeting or window visit with a resident.

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Call the MDH hotline at: 1-651-201-3920. We will continue to provide updates to you to keep you informed of our ongoing work.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update November 7, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:

Today we received notification of a resident of the nursing home that has tested positive for COVID-19.  The testing of residents and staff this week resulted in one positive resident case and one positive staff case; all other staff and residents tested negative from this round of testing.

We currently have two active staff cases and one active nursing home resident case of COVID-19.

We will test all residents next week, November 10th, and we will continue to test all staff and residents weekly until we have had no new cases for 14 days in a row.  Residents that have been exposed to staff with COVID-19 will be tested more frequently.  All staff are tested at least weekly for COVID-19 and all direct care staff will be tested two times per week until the outbreak has been contained.

To resume indoor visits, we must have no new COVID-19 cases for at least 14 days and two rounds of negative tests for all staff and residents.  Essential Care visits have been suspended in the nursing home.  Compassionate care visits for end of life situations and essential care visits in McCornell Court Assisted Living will continue. 

We encourage loved ones to communicate with our residents by phone or video chat, if possible.  You may call our activity department at 218-338-1010 to set up a time to schedule a video meeting or window visit with a resident.

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Call the MDH hotline at: 1-651-201-3920. We will continue to provide updates to you to keep you informed of our ongoing work.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator