COVID-19 Update March 27, 2021

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

I am writing today to inform you that a St. William’s Living Center employee tested positive for COVID-19.  The employee was not a direct caregiver and there were no high-risk exposures to other residents and staff.    Visitation will be temporarily suspended until we will complete outbreak testing early next week.  If there are no additional cases identified during outbreak testing, then we will reopen visitation.

Compassionate care and essential care visits are allowed in certain circumstances after review by the interdisciplinary team.  If a resident needs a compassionate care visit, you may contact Michelle Hartmann at 218-338-1009. 

While indoor visitation is suspended, we encourage loved ones to communicate with our residents by phone, video chat, or a window visit in Vogrin Hall 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.

Residents that are fully vaccinated may still leave the facility for outings if desired.

We currently have the following active COVID-19 cases:

  • St. William’s Living Center:  1 active staff case and 0 active resident cases.
  • McCornell Court Assisted Living: No active cases

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

Visitation Update March 18, 2021

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

We are very excited to share the news that state and federal guidance regarding visitation in our setting has been revised. As a result, we can safely open our doors to more visitors. Additionally, those residents who are fully vaccinated will be able to come and go without the need to quarantine upon return.  Here are the major points of the new guidance:

The new guidance can be found at:

NURSING HOME VISITATION

All visits St. William’s Living Center must be scheduled if they occur outside of business hours.  We prefer visitors to visit during business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00pm.  If you are unable to visit during business hours, you must schedule a visit with the activity department by calling 218-338-1010.  

ASSISTED LIVING VISITATION

All visits to our assisted living must be scheduled by calling McCornell Court at 218-338-1016. 

Questions, Concerns, or Complaints

Should you have any questions, concerns, or complaints, please do not hesitate to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009. 

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

COVID-19 Update February 25, 2021

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

I am writing today to inform you that two residents of St. William’s Living Center tested positive for COVID-19.  We are in daily contact with the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps to limit the spread of the virus. 

We currently have the following active COVID-19 cases:

  • St. William’s Living Center:  0 active staff cases and 3 active resident cases.
  • McCornell Court Assisted Living: No active cases

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. Compassionate care and essential care visits are allowed for in certain circumstances after review by the interdisciplinary team.  If a resident needs a compassionate care visit, you may contact Michelle Hartmann at 218-338-1009. 

We encourage loved ones to communicate with our residents by phone, video chat, or a window visit in Vogrin Hall 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 – VISITATION TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

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

I am writing today regarding a new positive COVID-19 test result for a staff person at St. William’s Living Center.  Due to the positive test result, the department of health has directed us to temporarily suspend visitation at the nursing home.   The employee that tested positive today, had previously tested positive for COVID-19 three months ago.  Some people have been known to test positive COVID-19 for several months after their initial infection, so it is possible that this is not a new infection.  We will complete confirmatory testing and work with the Department of Health’s epidemiologist to determine the next steps. 

We currently have the following active COVID-19 cases:

  • St. William’s Living Center: 1 active staff case, 0 active resident cases
  • McCornell Court Assisted Living: No active cases

Nursing Home Vaccine

Last week we completed our second COVID-19 vaccination clinic for our residents and staff.  We are happy to report that we had excellent participation for both staff and residents.  We will hold a third clinic in March for those staff and residents who have not received their second dose.

Compassionate and Essential Care Visits

Compassionate care and essential care visits are allowed for in certain circumstances after review by the interdisciplinary team.  If a resident needs a compassionate care visit, you may contact Michelle Hartmann at 218-338-1009. 

We encourage loved ones to communicate with our residents by phone, video chat, or a window visit in Vogrin Hall 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 Visitation and Infection Control Update January 20, 2021

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

We are very excited to share news that we will soon be able to resume visitation and warmly welcome visitors back Monday, January 25, 2021.  St. William’s Living Center currently has no active staff or resident cases of COVID-19.  To resume indoor visits, Medicare rules require that the county positivity rate be below 10% and a facility must have no new COVID-19 cases for at least 14 days and two rounds of negative tests for all staff and residents.

Please find the enclosed visitation guide explaining the visitation process.  All visits must be scheduled, only two visitors may visit with one resident at a time.  We prefer visitors to visit during business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00pm.  If you are unable to visit during business hours, you must schedule a visit with the activity department by calling 218-338-1010.

We encourage loved ones to communicate with our residents by phone, video chat, or a window visit in Vogrin Hall 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.

Over the course of the past two months, we have worked closely with the Minnesota Department of Health to evaluate and update our infection control program.  The handout included with this letter is intended help to educate residents, families, and visitors of proper hand hygiene, mask use, and personal protective equipment use.

Questions, Concerns, or Complaints

Should you have any questions, concerns, or complaints, please do not hesitate to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.  We realize that this pandemic has been hard on residents and their families and I want to make sure that we are appropriately addressing any concerns that you have.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

CLICK THIS LINK FOR PDF OF VISITATION GUIDE AND INFECTION CONTROL HANDOUT

RE: St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update December 25, 2020

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

Merry Christmas!  Yesterday we received notification of one new case of COVID-19 in a nursing home resident.   

We currently have the following active COVID-19 cases:

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

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

COVID-19 Update December 16, 2020

We recently have had one new resident Covid case at our nursing home one and new resident Covid case in our assisted living. 

We currently have the following active COVID-19 cases:

  • St. William’s Living Center: 1 active staff case, 2 active resident cases
  • McCornell Court Assisted Living: No active staff cases, 1 active resident case

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 December 7, 2020

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

I am writing today regarding one new positive resident case and two new positive staff cases of COVID-19 at St. William’s Living Center.  We are in daily contact with the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps to limit the spread of the virus. 

We currently have the following active COVID-19 cases:

  • St. William’s Living Center: 8 active staff cases, 13 active resident cases
  • McCornell Court Assisted Living: No active cases

Communication with COVID Positive Residents:

To speak with the nurse in charge of the COVID area, please call our main line at 218-338-4671, then dial extension 1104.  The nurse in charge of the COVID area can assist residents with phone calls.  We have additional phones available in the isolation area so that residents can make phone calls.  Residents in the isolation area can also do window visits near the Soo Street Lounge with visitors. 

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.

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.

Sincerely, Tim Kelly, Administrator

St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update December 3, 2020

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

I am writing today regarding three new positive resident cases and four new positive staff cases of COVID-19 at St. William’s Living Center.  We are in daily contact with the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps to limit the spread of the virus. 

As of today, we have not had any deaths related to COVID-19, but the reality is that at some point we will likely have a resident that will pass away with the virus.  One case is too many, one death will be too many.  Out of respect to the residents and their families, I will not be reporting resident COVID deaths in these updates.   New cases and COVID-19 deaths are reported to both the Minnesota Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control.  If you ever have questions or would like more information, please contact me by phone at 218-338-1001 or by email at tim@stwilliamslivingcenter.com.

We currently have the following active COVID-19 cases:

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

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.

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.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

SWLC Level 1 Visitation Update September 11, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center Friends and Family,

Due to an increase in the Otter Tail County COVID-19 Case Rate, the nursing home will move to LEVEL 1 visitation rules.  Therefore, indoor visit will be suspended until the county case rate decreases.  McCornell Court Assisted Living will remain at LEVEL 2 visitation with no changes to indoor visits.

Fortunately, we have not had any positive COVID-19 cases in residents or staff.  We are regularly testing all our employees so that we can identify any cases. 

Visitors may call the activity department at 218-338-1010 to schedule an outdoor visit.  Appointments must be scheduled in advance for outdoor visits.  If activity staff are not available, visitors should leave a message and staff will return the phone call.  Outdoor visits are scheduled in half hour time slots, which will allow for a 20-minute visit.  This will allow staff time to assist residents to get to and from their assigned visit.  Longer visits will be taken into consideration for special circumstances.  Visitation hours are based on staff availability. 

The essential caregiver program will resume under the LEVEL 1 visitation.  The policy follows MDH guidelines and is a narrowly defined exception to visitor restrictions which may allow certain cares to be provided by a personal caregiver from outside our community.

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