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Facility Wide Testing

May 1, 2020

Please refer to positive test results for testing dates.


July 23, 2020:

Next testing for all care levels is July 28, 20 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This will be for both residents and staff.

July 21, 2020:

 Hi Everyone. Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has received all (staff and resident) results for Basic and skilled care from COVID-19 testing completed on Sunday, July 19, 2020 and we are happy that there are no further positives beside the one report earlier today. Before Bethel can advance in the phases of re-opening we are required to have two testing that are negative plus Williams county covid 19 positive numbers have to decrease. At this time outside visits will continue as well as virtual visits. Please remember that during outside visits facial coverings must remain on as well as the 6 feet social distancing.  Our next facility testing is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Tomorrow information will be sent out on phase 1 of re-opening, which Bethel has remained in for a period of time. 

July 21, 2020

Hi Everyone. As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing for basic and skilled care completed on July 19, 2020. Unfortunately, Bethel has received the first notification that there has been a positive result found with one of our employees. This employee has not exhibited any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. The employee has been wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (mask and visor/safety glasses) while at work. Bethel has been in contact with the center for disease control at the North Dakota Department of Health and is following recommendations given. Follow up from previous communication last week about the five employees who have been off work as they had either been in contact with a positive COVID-19/symptomatic person or exhibiting potential symptoms of COVID-19 were all tested on July 19, 2020 except for 1 employee. This employee will remain off work and be tested on our mass testing on July 28, 2020. Protective measures that have been in place and continue:  1) All employees complete a screening process prior to entering the building, which includes temperature check and COVID-19 symptom check.  2) All employee have been educated to stay at home if they are ill. 3) Close follow up by the Infection Preventionist is completed for any employees who are ill. 4) Monitoring is conducted of the check in process daily. 5) Personal protective equipment remains surgical mask and visor or safety goggles while at work.  If there are any further positives or when we receive all of our results we will send out another notification.  If you should have any concerns or questions please contact your Social Worker.  The safety and well-being of our residents and staff continues to be our top priority.   

July 15, 2020:  

Hi Everyone.  Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (skilled side) presently has 5 employees off the schedule who have either been in contact with a positive COVID-19/symptomatic person or exhibiting potential symptoms of COVID-19. Bethel has been in consultation with the Department of Health Infection Control Division.  Preventative measures that have been and continue to be in place:  visitor restriction, all new admissions from hospital have a COVID-19 test prior to admission with a negative result before can be admitted, all new admissions are placed in contact/droplet precautions for 14 days, all non-essential resident appointments have been canceled and/or telemedicine session is completed, If a resident requires an xray/clinic appointment they wear a mask as well as the provider and are immediately roomed to minimize exposure, if a resident requires an emergency room visit, but no admission they are placed on contact/droplet precautions for 7 days, all residents in facility have their temperature and oxygen saturation completed two times per day with symptom check for COVID-19, all staff in facility are wearing surgical masks/visor and/or safety glasses/goggles, residents who are able wear a mask when out of room or when staff are in their rooms, prior to staff entering the building they complete a symptom check for COVID-19 and a temperature check and if ill do not enter the facility, all break areas and resident lounge areas have been set up to ensure 6 feet social distancing, no communal dining on our larger neighborhoods with the two smaller neighborhoods eating in their dining rooms maintaining the social distancing of 6 feet, no congregating activities, only essential staff enter building, minimized floating of staff to other neighborhoods, monitoring is being conducted on hand hygiene/application and removal of protective equipment/maintaining of 6 feet social distancing/wearing of masks/screening of employees, and enhanced cleaning. Our next scheduled testing is Sunday, July 19, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for the skilled and basic care areas. All three levels of care (skilled, basic, assisted living) will be tested on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. If there are any changes Bethel will notify you.

July 13, 2020:

Hi Everyone. Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has received all (staff and resident) results for all care levels from COVID-19 testing completed on Thursday, July 9, 2020 and we are happy that there are no further positives beside the one report on Saturday. At this time related to the positive result and that our county has turned yellow Bethel has decided that all care levels will remain in phase 1. At this time outside visits will continue as well as virtual visits. Please remember that during outside visits facial coverings must remain on as well as the 6 feet social distancing.  Our next facility testing is scheduled for July 19, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.


July 11, 2020:

As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing in all levels of care (skilled, basic, and assisted living) completed on July 9, 2020. Unfortunately, we have received notification that there is a positive result for one or our residents. Family has already been notified. We have not received all of our results from the testing completed.  We will notify you as soon as we receive the rest of our results or if there are any further positives.  We are in contact and working with the North Dakota Department of Health Center for Disease Control. Preventative measures that have been and continue to be in place:  visitor restriction, all new admissions from hospital have a COVID-19 test prior to admission with a negative result before can be admitted, all new admissions are placed in droplet and contact precautions for 14 days, all non-essential resident appointments have been canceled and/or telemedicine session is completed, If a resident requires an xray/clinic appointment they wear a mask and are taken to facility and immediately roomed to prevent exposure and both provider and resident wear mask, if a resident requires an emergency room visit, but no admission they are placed on droplet and contact precautions for 7 days, all residents in facility have their temperature and oxygen saturation completed two times per day with symptom check for COVID-19, all staff in facility are wearing surgical masks and goggles/visors, residents who are able wear a mask when out of room or when staff are in their rooms, prior to staff entering the building they complete a symptom check for COVID-19 and a temperature check and if ill do not enter the facility, all break areas and resident lounge areas have been set up to ensure 6 feet social distancing, two dining rooms are open at this time with 6 feet social distancing implemented, only essential staff are entering the building, floating has been minimized on the neighborhoods, monitoring is being conducted on hand hygiene/application and removal of protective equipment/maintaining of 6 feet social distancing/wearing of masks/screening of employees. As soon as we hear about the rest of our results we will let you know.  Thank you.


July 7, 2020:

Just a friendly remind that Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center will be completing test for COVID-19 for all care levels (skilled, basic, assisted living) Thursday, July 9th,  2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Results hopefully will be in by Monday. Bethel will notify you of any positive results as soon as we are made aware.  Thank you.


June 29, 2020:

Hi Everyone. Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has received all (staff and resident) results from COVID-19 testing completed on Friday and we are happy to report all were negative. Bethel will be working on the plan for phase II of re-opening.  Plan is to visit with the PV3 group Tuesday, June 30th to discuss plan.  Once this plan is approved another everbridge message will be sent out to explain the process. Outside visitation is available during this transition process. Our number one goal is to protect the safety of your loved one and our employees. Bethel thanks you for your patience during this transition period.

June 25, 2020:

Just a friendly remind that Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center will be completing test for COVID-19 for all care levels (skilled, basic, assisted living) tomorrow, June 26, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Results hopefully will be in by Monday. Bethel will notify you of any positive results as soon as we are made aware. 

June 19, 2020:

Hope this finds everyone well.  Update from Bethel.  “Silver Lining Day” is Tuesday, June 23, 2020 across North Dakota.  Silver Linings Parade will be lining up on the west side of 18th St. Please park on the side of the road, all participants are expected to follow traffic laws and not block roads and stop for traffic signals. Parade will start at 12pm, travel in front of Arbor House and then to Bethel parking lot. Bethel has mass COVID-19 testing for both residents and staff on Friday, June 26, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Results have been taking around 48 to 72 hours. If results are negative plan will be to apply for phase II of re-opening. Just a friendly remind of drop off of items for residents is Tuesday from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Thursday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and Saturday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Continue to schedule outside visits with your loved one Monday through Friday through the activity department. Presently Bethel is working on opening up the activity room for small groups of residents to have activities. Residents will be required to wear face coverings (if tolerated) and maintain the social distancing. Frequent hand hygiene will be provided. Cleaning in between activities of chairs and tables. Presently Bethel has had two dining rooms open in which residents are social distanced. Bethel will be looking at opening up the other three dining rooms maintaining social distancing. After each dining service chairs and tables are wiped down. Bethel continues to restrict entry of non-essential healthcare personnel into the facility. Non-medically necessary trips outside of the facility for residents continue to be minimized as much as possible. 100% screening of all individuals entering the facility, including facility staff prior to the beginning of their shift for signs of COVID, including temperature check. 100% screening occurs for all resident twice daily for symptoms of COVID, including temperature and oxygen check.  Facility staff wear surgical masks and face visors/safety glasses with residents wearing cloth masks (if tolerated) when out of room or when staff are present in room. Please if you should have any questions or concerns let your social worker know or if at Arbor House contact Faye or Renee.

June 12, 2020:

Hi Everyone. Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has received all (staff and resident) results from COVID-19 testing completed on Tuesday and we are happy to report all were negative. Bethel will be applying to enter phase 1 of re-opening. If approved information will be provided. Have a good weekend.

June 4, 2020:

“Hi Everyone.  Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center received notification for testing of COVID-19 for all care levels (skilled, basic, and assisted living) on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Regular testing for COVID-19 for residents and staff is recommended by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, President Trump, and Governor Burgum to be proactive in the fight against COVID-19.  As you know with our last testing we were able to identify a staff member who was asymptomatic with COVID-19.  The North Dakota Department of Health has changed some of the processes with improvements noted of receiving results within 48 hours. If we should receive a COVID-19 positive result all of you will be immediately notified. Preventative measures that have been and continue to be in place:  visitor restriction, all new admissions from hospital have a COVID-19 test prior to admission with a negative result before can be admitted, all new admissions are placed in contact/droplet precautions for 14 days, all non-essential resident appointments have been canceled and/or telemedicine session is completed, If a resident requires an xray/clinic appointment they wear a mask as well as the provider and are immediately roomed to minimize exposure, if a resident requires an emergency room visit, but no admission they are placed on contact/droplet precautions for 7 days, all residents in facility have their temperature and oxygen saturation completed two times per day with symptom check for COVID-19, all staff in facility are wearing surgical masks and visors or safety glasses, residents who are able wear a mask when out of room or when staff are in their rooms, prior to staff entering the building they complete a symptom check for COVID-19 and a temperature check and if ill do not enter the facility, all break areas and resident lounge areas have been set up to ensure 6 feet social distancing, no communal dining, no congregating activities, only essential staff enter building, minimized floating of staff to other neighborhoods, monitoring is being conducted on hand hygiene/application and removal of protective equipment/maintaining of 6 feet social distancing/wearing of masks/screening of employees.  Again if we should receive any positive COVID-19 results we will notify you within 12 hours of results.  Thank you.        

May 29, 2020:

Hi Everyone. I know that everyone has been anxiously awaiting the rest of the results from Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  We just received all the resident and staff test results and I have very good news.  All are negative except for the one positive staff result reported earlier. Preventative measures that have been and continue to be in place:  visitor restriction, all new admissions from hospital have a COVID-19 test prior to admission with a negative result before being admitted, all new admissions are placed in droplet/contact precautions for 14 days, all non-essential resident appointments have been canceled and/or telemedicine session is completed, If a resident requires an xray/clinic appointment they wear a mask and are taken to facility and immediately roomed to prevent exposure and both provider and resident wear mask, if a resident requires an overnight stay in the hospital they are placed on droplet/contact precautions Upon return, all residents in facility have their temperature and oxygen saturation completed twice daily with symptom check for COVID-19, all staff in facility are wearing surgical masks and visor/safety goggles, residents who are able wear a mask when out of room or when staff are in their rooms, prior to staff entering the building they complete a symptom check for COVID-19 and a temperature check and if ill do not enter the facility, all break areas and resident lounge areas have been set up to ensure 6 feet social distancing, no communal dining, no congregating activities, only essential staff enter building, floating of staff to various neighborhoods has been minimized as much as possible, monitoring is being conducted on hand hygiene/application and removal of protective equipment/maintaining of 6 feet social distancing/wearing of masks/screening of employees. Thank you for allowing us the privilege of caring for your loved one. Have a good rest of your weekend.

May 29, 2020:

As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing in all levels of care (skilled, basic, and assisted living) completed on May 27, 2020. Unfortunately, I have received the first notification that there has been a positive result found with one of our employees. This employee has not exhibited any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. The employee has been wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (mask and visor/safety glasses) while at work. Bethel has been in contact with the center for disease control at the North Dakota Department of Health and is following recommendations given.  Protective measures that have been in place and continue:  1) All employees complete a screening process prior to entering the building, which includes temperature check and COVID-19 symptom check.  2) All employee have been educated to stay at home if they are ill. 3) Close follow up by the Infection Preventionist is completed for any employees who are ill. 4) Monitoring is conducted of the check in process daily. 5) Personal protective equipment remains surgical mask and visor or safety goggles while at work.  If there are any further positives or when we receive all of our results we will send out another notification.  If you should have any concerns or questions please contact your Social Worker.  The safety and well-being of our residents and staff continues to be our top priority.   

May 19, 2020:

“Hi Everyone.  Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center received notification today that we will be retesting for COVID-19 for all care levels (skilled, basic, and assisted living) on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Regular testing for COVID-19 for residents and staff is recommended by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, President Trump, and Governor Burgum to be proactive in the fight against COVID-19.  As you know with our last testing we were able to identify residents who were asymptomatic with COVID-19.  The North Dakota Department of Health has changed some of the processes since the last testing and we are hoping with the improvements made we should receive results within 48 hours.  If we should receive a COVID-19 positive result all of you will be immediately notified. Preventative measures that have been and continue to be in place:  visitor restriction, all new admissions from hospital have a COVID-19 test prior to admission with a negative result before can be admitted, all new admissions are placed in contact/droplet precautions for 14 days, all non-essential resident appointments have been canceled and/or telemedicine session is completed, If a resident requires an xray/clinic appointment they wear a mask as well as the provider and are immediately roomed to minimize exposure, if a resident requires an emergency room visit, but no admission they are placed on contact/droplet precautions for 7 days, all residents in facility have their temperature and oxygen saturation completed two times per day with symptom check for COVID-19, all staff in facility are wearing surgical masks/visor/gown, residents who are able wear a mask when out of room or when staff are in their rooms, prior to staff entering the building they complete a symptom check for COVID-19 and a temperature check and if ill do not enter the facility, all break areas and resident lounge areas have been set up to ensure 6 feet social distancing, no communal dining, no congregating activities, only essential staff enter building, minimized floating of staff to other neighborhoods, monitoring is being conducted on hand hygiene/application and removal of protective equipment/maintaining of 6 feet social distancing/wearing of masks/screening of employees.  Again if we should receive any positive COVID-19 results we will notify you within 12 hours of results.      

May 18, 2020:

Hi Everyone.  This is an update from Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center In regards to the status of pending COVID-19 tests. I am pleased to announce that we have no further positive COVID-19 tests. The employee who tested positive last week remains off work. No further residents or staff have symptoms of COVID-19. All residents and staff are followed closely by the Director of Nursing and the Infection Preventionist. Bethel will continue to monitor all residents two times per day for COVID-19 symptoms, temperature and oxygen check. Staff continue to complete a screening process prior to entering the building, which includes temperature check and COVID-19 symptom check. If a staff member has symptoms they have been educated to stay at home. Bethel continues to work with and follow the recommendations from the North Dakota Department of Health Center for Disease Control.

May 13, 2020:

Hi Everyone. Today Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was notified that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. We do have a second employee who is ill that will be tested today. Both of these employees have been off since May 8, 2020. Bethel has been and will continue to work with the North Dakota Department of Health Center for Disease Control. The safety and well-being of our residents and staff continues to be our top priority. All employees complete a screening process prior to entering the building, which includes temperature check and COVID-19 symptom check.  All employee have been educated to stay at home if they are ill. Close follow up by the Infection Preventionist is completed for any employees who are ill. Monitoring is conducted of the check in process daily.  Social Services is presently contacting all resident representatives/families. Nursing Management is contacting residents. Department Supervisors are contacting employees. We will continue to stand strong in the fight against COVID-19 in following recommendations from the North Dakota Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control.

May 9, 2020:

Hi Everyone. I know that everyone has been anxiously awaiting the rest of the results from Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  We just received all the resident and staff test results and I have very good news.  All are negative except for the two positive resident results earlier reported.  Preventative measures that have been and continue to be in place:  visitor restriction, all new admissions from hospital have a COVID-19 test prior to admission with a negative result before can be admitted, all new admissions are placed in droplet and contact precautions for 14 days, all non-essential resident appointments have been canceled and/or telemedicine session is completed, If a resident requires an xray/clinic appointment they wear a mask and are taken to facility and immediately roomed to prevent exposure and both provider and resident wear mask, if a resident requires an emergency room visit, but no admission they are placed on droplet and contact precautions for 7 days, all residents in facility have their temperature and oxygen saturation completed at least daily with symptom check for COVID-19, all staff in facility are wearing surgical masks, residents who are able wear a mask when out of room or when staff are in their rooms, prior to staff entering the building they complete a symptom check for COVID-19 and a temperature check and if ill do not enter the facility, all break areas and resident lounge areas have been set up to ensure 6 feet social distancing, no communal dining, no congregating activities, only essential staff enter building, minimized floating of staff to other neighborhoods, direct care staff are additionally wearing visors and/or goggles and gowns over uniforms, monitoring is being conducted on hand hygiene/application and removal of protective equipment/maintaining of 6 feet social distancing/wearing of masks/screening of employees. Thank you for allowing us the privilege of caring for your loved one. Have a good rest of your weekend.

May 6, 2020:

As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing in all levels of care (skilled, basic, and assisted living) completed on May 3, 2020. I want to first extend my thanks to Governor Burgum for the opportunity to capture asymptomatic COVID-19 positive resident(s) and staff.  Unfortunately, I have received the first notification that there has been a positive result in our building.  The North Dakota Department of Health Center for Disease Control related that they are presently working on completing our test results and these should be completed over the next few days. We will be meeting with the strike team from the North Dakota Department of Health at 10:30 am to discuss further steps.  The safety and well-being of our residents and staff has always been our top priority. We will continue to stand strong in our fight against COVID-19. We are truly blessed to be able to provide care to your loved one, and now more than ever during this pandemic. I know how scary this uncertain time is and I want to extend my personal invitation to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are presently notifying all families right now and you will be receiving a personal phone call from the management team at Bethel to discuss questions and concerns and the next steps in our fight against COVID-19.  

May 1, 2020:

“Hi Everyone.  I know you all have received a phone call about the facility wide testing that Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center will be having on May 3, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, but we just wanted to send out a friendly reminder that this will occur. Governor Burgum has recommend facility wide testing of all skilled, basic, and assisted living facilities in the state of North Dakota with a plan to complete ongoing testing of facility staff on a regular basis.  At this time we are  unsure of the time line for retesting of the staff.  Why has this been implemented?  One of the major concerns is people who are asymptomatic and positive for COVID-19 and the concern for spread in congregate living. To identify these asymptomatic people (resident and staff) is why the facility wide testing. To date Bethel has remained COVID-19 free. Some facilities who have already went through the process of facility wide testing have remained COVID-19 free and some have found asymptomatic COVID-19 positive residents and staff.  It will take 24 to 48 hours for test results to return. If we should receive a COVID-19 positive result all of you will be immediately notified. Preventative measures that have been and continue to be in place:  visitor restriction, all new admissions from hospital have a COVID-19 test prior to admission with a negative result before can be admitted, all new admissions are placed in droplet and contact precautions for 14 days, all non-essential resident appointments have been canceled and/or telemedicine session is completed, If a resident requires an xray/clinic appointment they wear a mask and are taken to facility and immediately roomed to prevent exposure and both provider and resident wear mask, if a resident requires an emergency room visit, but no admission they are placed on droplet and contact precautions for 7 days, all residents in facility have their temperature and oxygen saturation completed at least daily with symptom check for COVID-19, all staff in facility are wearing surgical masks, residents who are able wear a mask when out of room or when staff are in their rooms, prior to staff entering the building they complete a symptom check for COVID-19 and a temperature check and if ill do not enter the facility, all break areas and resident lounge areas have been set up to ensure 6 feet social distancing, no communal dining, no congregating activities, only essential staff enter building, minimized floating of staff to other neighborhoods, monitoring is being conducted on hand hygiene/application and removal of protective equipment/maintaining of 6 feet social distancing/wearing of masks/screening of employees.  Again if we should receive any positive COVID-19 results we will immediately within 12 hours of results notify you.  Thank you and have a good weekend.  Thank you for allowing us the privilege of caring for your loved one.  Stay safe and healthy”


 





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