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

St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update November 6, 2020

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

No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 so far through any of the rounds of testing.  We have not received all the results for the residents as of 2pm on 11/6/2020.  We are testing residents weekly until there have been no active cases in the facility for 14 days.  Residents that have symptoms will be isolated to their rooms and will be tested.

All staff are tested at least weekly for COVID-19 and beginning today all direct care staff will be tested two times per week. 

We currently have two active staff cases and no active resident cases of 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 1, 2020

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

On October 26th and 27th we completed a round of outbreak testing for all residents and staff of St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court.  Unfortunately, we had one staff test positive for COVID-19.

No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 through any of the rounds of testing. 

We currently have one active staff cases and no active resident cases of COVID-19.

We will test all residents and staff next week November 2nd and 3rd and we will continue to test all staff and residents weekly until we have had no new cases for 14 days in a row.  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. 

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 October 24, 2020

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

This week we tested all residents and staff of St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court.  We had one staff person test positive during this round of testing; fortunately, this staff person was already on quarantine due to a known exposure.  This means that the employee that tested positive did not work in the facility while infectious and therefore did not have any contact with staff or residents while infectious. 

No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 through any of the rounds of testing. 

We currently have two active staff cases and no active resident cases of COVID-19.

On Monday and Tuesday this week we will again test all staff and residents for COVID-19. 

We are very grateful to our staff who have done a fantastic job following infection control procedures and containing the spread of the virus during this outbreak. 

We are as eager as residents and families to reopen for indoor visitation.  We will continue to work with the Minnesota Department of Health to determine when we can reopen to visitors.  

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about 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 October 19, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:
On Sunday, October 19th we were made aware of a positive case of COVID-19 in one of our staff. This staff person was under a quarantine due to an exposure to another COVID-19 positive person. This staff person did not work in the facility while infectious, so this staff person did not cause an exposure to other staff or residents.
We currently have three active staff cases and no active resident cases of COVID-19.
We will continue to test all staff and residents weekly until we have had no new cases for 14 days in a row. 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.
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 outdoor 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. Help us keep family and loved ones informed by visiting our website: https://www.stwilliamslivingcenter.com/.
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.

All future updates related to COVID-19 positive cases will be posted to our website at www.stwilliamslivingcenter.com and will be emailed. Please let me know if you would like to be added to an email list.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

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

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:
On Sunday, October 19th we were made aware of a positive case of COVID-19 in one of our staff. This staff person was under a quarantine due to an exposure to another COVID-19 positive person. This staff person did not work in the facility while infectious, so this staff person did not cause an exposure to other staff or residents.
We currently have three active staff cases and no active resident cases of COVID-19.
We will continue to test all staff and residents weekly until we have had no new cases for 14 days in a row. 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.
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 outdoor 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. Help us keep family and loved ones informed by visiting our website: https://www.stwilliamslivingcenter.com/.
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.

All future updates related to COVID-19 positive cases will be posted to our website at www.stwilliamslivingcenter.com and will be emailed. Please let me know if you would like to be added to an email list.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update October 16, 2020

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

Last week we had our first confirmed case of COVID-19 in staff person.  We tested all residents and staff on October 12th and 13th and we unfortunately had two addition staff test positive for COVID-19.  The two staff that tested positive this week had not been exposed to the staff that tested positive last week.  No residents tested positive for the virus. 

We currently have two active staff cases and no active resident cases of COVID-19.

We will continue to test all staff and residents weekly until we have had no new cases for 14 days in a row.  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. 

The following resident activities will resume Monday, October 19th:

  • Socially Distanced Resident Activities
  • Communal Dinning
  • Outdoor Visits
  • Expanded Compassionate Care Visits

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 outdoor 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. Help us keep family and loved ones informed by visiting our website: https://www.stwilliamslivingcenter.com/.

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

October 9, 2020 COVID-19 Update

October 9, 2020

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

I want to let you know that yesterday we were notified of a confirmed case of Coronavirus in a contracted therapy staff person. We have been regularly testing our staff and this is the first positive case that we have had.  We will continue to test all staff weekly and we will test all residents weekly until we have had no more positive cases for 2 weeks.  Our weekly testing is completed through the Mayo Clinic.  If any residents or staff have symptoms, we have rapid testing available through Sanford Clinic in Parkers Prairie.

Our priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy. We are working in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps.

Until further notice we will not have any visitation with residents in the building or outside.  Compassionate care visits for end of life situations may 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 with a resident.

We will also implement enhanced infection control measures.  Such as limiting residents from congregating in the dining room, social spaces, or moving throughout the building.  We are monitoring and screening all residents two times per day for temperature and O2 sats.  We will continue to screen staff prior to beginning work. Staff are not allowed in the building if they are ill. Screening includes screening staff for symptoms and taking staff temperatures prior to each shift.  Any staff who exhibit symptoms are instructed to self-quarantine at home.

Communication is key, and we will continue to update you on any news, emerging issues, or additional changes in our operations via our website.   

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

Heal Broken Bones Faster with These Tips

A broken bone, no matter where it is in your body, can take away your mobility in the blink of an eye. 

Fast healing is essential to get you back on your feet. This is especially important if you suffer from a bone disease like osteoporosis, where broken bones can become a common occurrence. 

Keep reading for some of our top tips to help heal broken bones faster. 

Balance Your Diet

Healing is a restorative process that your body is pretty good at. But your body can’t heal without the right building blocks. That’s why a properly balanced diet is essential to heal broken bones faster. 

Bones are made mostly from a protein called collagen. Your body needs plenty of protein to build new collagen for bone healing. Eat lots of protein-rich foods like lean meats, low-fat dairy products, beans, nuts, and fortified cereals.

Leafy green vegetables like collard greens, spinach, broccoli, and kale are high in calcium, another important part of bone repair. Eggs and whole grains, like brown rice and oatmeal, provide iron, another ingredient for making collagen. Citrus fruits, potatoes, and peppers have high levels of vitamin C, another necessary vitamin used to make collagen.  

Talk to your doctor before beginning any dietary supplement program. You should be able to get the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet. But if your doctor suggests supplements, follow their advice. 

Avoid Bad Habits

We’ve talked about the things you should put into your body when you’re healing from a broken bone, now let’s discuss the things you shouldn’t put in your body. 

You may enjoy a cocktail or two from time to time, but it’s best to avoid alcohol completely when you’re healing. Alcohol interacts with the body’s ability to build new bone and bone grown with alcohol in the body is weaker than bone grown without alcohol present. Alcohol also impairs your judgment and makes you unsteady on your feet, increasing the risk you’ll break the bone again.

Smoking is also a no-no. It affects how blood flows through the body and has been shown to severely hinder your body’s ability to heal. 

Avoid processed food while you’re nursing a broken bone. Processed foods often lack many vitamins and minerals. This leads to lots of empty calories that don’t contribute to those building blocks we discussed in the last section. 

Processed foods are also more likely to contain salt. While some salt is essential for good health, too much salt can cause your body to expel calcium in urine rather than absorbing it. Read food labels and limit salt intake to six grams per day max.  

Physical Therapy to Heal Broken Bones Faster

Your doctor will likely prescribe a treatment plan to help get you back on your feet. Often, that plan involves physical therapy

A trained physical therapist knows how to get you moving without risking further injury. They specialize in working on the soft tissue surrounding the fracture site. This brings fresh blood and oxygen to the bone, healing it quicker. 

Physical therapy builds strength after the limited mobility which often follows immediately after a fracture. Your therapist works with you on exercises to strengthen the muscles around the fracture site. They’ll also work on improving your range of motion and strengthening the surrounding joints. 

This type of physical therapy treatment helps heal broken bones faster and helps prevent future broken bones by improving your strength, flexibility, and balance. 
If you’ve recently had some bad luck in the broken bone department, talk to your doctor about a physical therapy treatment plan. At St. William’s, our licensed therapists are here to support you throughout the healing process. Call us today for more information!