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Positive COVID-19 test results

May 8, 2020

September 27, 2020:

As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing for skilled, assisted living, and basic completed on 09/25/2020.  All results are back and we are happy to report that there were no further positives.  Both skilled and basic care were negative. Assisted living had one positive employee that was reported yesterday. Bethel basic, assisted, and skilled care will test residents and staff every 3 to 7 days until there has been 14 consecutive days of negative results. Next testing event is Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 from 5:30 am to 7:00 am and 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Thank you.   


September 26, 2020:

As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing for skilled, assisted living, and basic completed on 09/25/2020.  Bethel was notified of one employee, on the assisted living side, who has tested positive for COVID-19. At this time we have received all of basic care results and all but 13 of skilled care and we are happy to report are negative so far. Assisted living will add face shields to staff along with the surgical mask at all times. Tenants at assisted living will wear face covering and while staff are present. Social distancing of 6 feet will be maintained whenever possible. If an assisted living tenant is unable to wear a face covering a face visor will be attempted. Monitoring of assisted living tenants for temperature, decreased oxygen and symptoms will be increased from twice per day to three times per day. All employees on skilled and basic will continue to wear face shields/visors and surgical masks. Bethel continues to work closely with the North Dakota Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service and following recommendations given. If we should receive any further positives we will immediately notify you. Bethel basic, assisted, and skilled care will test residents and staff every 3 to 7 days until there has been 14 consecutive days of negative results. Next testing event is Wednesday, September 30th , 2020 from 5:30 am to 7:00 am and   10:00 am to 12:00 pm . Thank you.   


September 25, 2020:

As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing for skilled and basic completed on 09/21/20. Bethel has received all results back for the skilled care side and we are happy to report that there were no further positives except for the previously reported four employees. Basic care results have been received and are all negative.



September 23, 2020:


As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing for skilled and basic completed on 09/21/20. Bethel was notified of four employees, on the skilled side, who have tested positive for COVID-19. At this time we are awaiting results for all of basic care and on skilled care one resident and four staff members. All employees in the facility continue to wear face shields/visors and surgical masks. Bethel continues to work closely with the North Dakota Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service and following recommendations given. If we should receive any further positives we will immediately notify you. Bethel basic and skilled care will continue to test residents and staff every 3 to 7 days until there has been 14 consecutive days of negative results.  Bethel assisted living will continue to test employees weekly at this time related to the county positivity rate. Next testing event is Friday, September 25th, 2020 from 5:30 am to 7:00 am and 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Thank you.   




September 14, 2020:


As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing for basic and skilled care completed on September 11, 2020.  Bethel has received all results except for three employees.  No further positives were identified except for the two employees who we reported yesterday. When we receive the results of the 3 outstanding employees and if any of these are positives we will let you know.  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 and residents who are ill. 4) Monitoring is conducted of the check in process daily. 5) Personal protective equipment remains surgical mask and visor while at work. 6) All residents in the facility are monitored three times per day for symptoms of COVID-19, oxygen saturation, and temperature. 7)  At this time there are no inside family visits except for end of life situations.  8)  Outside visits remain. Just a friendly reminder to limit visits to two visitor and no children.  Facial covering is required for the visitors and must cover both the mouth and nose. 9) Residents continue to dine in their rooms.  10) No group activities are occurring at this time. Activities are conducted on a 1:1 basis and/or in hallway maintaining social distancing.  11) Residents who can are encouraged to wear facial coverings.  If a resident is unable to wear a facial covering staff are attempting a visor for when cares are being completed.  12) Cleaning in the facility for high touched surfaces is being completed at a minimum of 3 times per day.  13) Frequent hand hygiene is being completed/encouraged for both residents and staff.  14) Ongoing monitoring is being conducted for social distancing, wearing of surgical mask/visor, donning and doffing of personal protective equipment, and hand hygiene. Bethel is in the process of developing an area inside for visits to be conducted as we know the weather is about to change.  Hopefully this area will be ready in the next few weeks.  If you should have any concerns or questions please contact your Social Worker.  Next testing will be September 16, 2020 for residents and staff on the skilled and basic care side and staff on assisted living side.  Testing for skilled and basic will continue every 3 to 7 days until negative results are obtained for 14 days. Testing for assisted living will be weekly for staff related to the positivity rate in our county.



September 13, 2020:


As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing for skilled and basic completed on 09/11/20. Bethel was notified of two employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. Both of these employees have been wearing their face shield/visor and surgical mask while at work. Bethel continues to work closely with the North Dakota Department of Health and following recommendations given.


September 11, 2020:


As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing for skilled and basic care completed on 09/07/20.  We have received all results back for both the skilled and basic and I am pleased to report that all are negative.  Next testing will be September 16, 2020 for all levels of care (skilled, basic, and assisted living).  According to our federal regulations the skilled and basic care will continue to test every 3 to 7 days until there has been 14 consecutive days of negative results. September 7th is the start of the 14 days.


September 10, 2020:

As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing for skilled and basic care completed on 09/07/20.  We have received all but three test results back for the skilled side and I am pleased to report that all are negative.  We have not received any results for the basic care side at this time.  We test again tomorrow, September 11, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for all residents and staff on the skilled and basic care side.



September 6, 2020:


As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing for skilled, basic, and assisted living completed on 09/02/20. As reported yesterday both the basic care and assisted living were negative. We have now received all the results back for the skilled side and I am happy to report no further positive results except for the one employee reported yesterday.  Next testing is tomorrow Monday, September 7th, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for all residents and staff on the skilled and basic care side. 



September 5, 2020:


As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing for skilled, basic, and assisted living completed on 09/02/20.  We have received all the results for basic care and they are all negative.  We have received all the results for assisted living and they are all negative.  On the skilled side we still have 17 pending results.  We were just notified of an employee testing positive for COVID-19.  This employee does not have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Once we receive all the results for the skilled side we will send another communication out. If there should be any further positives we will notify you immediately. Our next testing is Monday, September 7th, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for all residents and staff on the skilled and basic care side.  



August 31, 2020:

Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has received all of the basic care results and they are all negative.  We just received notification for the skilled side of two more positive COVID-19 residents and two positive COVID-19 staff member.  Families for these residents have been notified of the positive result.  The two residents will be moved up to 3rd floor Horizon Towers to be placed on the COVID-19 unit.  All of our results are back from testing completed on August 28, 2020. We have been on the line with the North Dakota Department of Health in regards to the positive residents and staff.  


August 27, 2020:

All basic care results are in and are all negative from testing completed on August 24, 2020. Bethel was notified of two more positive COVID-19 residents and one positive staff member on the skilled care side.  Families for these residents have been notified of the positive results.  The two residents will be moved to 3rd floor Horizon Towers to be placed on the COVID-19 unit.  In speaking with the state lab we have 11 more results pending for the skilled side.  Next testing will be August 28, 2020.


August 26, 2020:


We have waited to send out this communication for all families to be notified personally via phone. As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing for basic and skilled care (residents and staff) and assisted living had employees tested on August 24, 2020. We have received all of the results for assisted living and the staff are negative. For skilled care we were notified today that we had three positive resident’s and 1 positive employee. At this time between the testing completed on August 19th and August 24th we have a total of 5 residents and 4 staff members who are positive for COVID-19. Today the COVID-19 positive residents were moved to 3rd floor Horizon Towers with dedicated staff.  Bethel did request a visit with the North Dakota Department of Health strike team to review present processes in place and to see if there were opportunities for improvement. A few things that were discussed during the strike team visit include: cleaning of our cleaning carts a few times per day, offering of visors for residents who are not able to tolerate the cloth face masks, utilization of the N95 for staff during nebulizer procedures, and to continue with the enhanced cleaning of frequently touch surfaces in the building.  After discussion with the strike team we will continue with outside visit for residents, but will limit hours.  Please if you are ill or even have nonspecific complaints such as a mild headache/fatigue, etc. do not visit your loved one outside. Over the course of these past 6 months most of the positive resident/employees have not had any symptoms.  For the family members of our positive residents we will assist in virtual visits.  At this time Bethel has only received 70 results from the testing completed on Monday, August 24.  If we should receive any more positive results we will send another communication out after the family has been notified.  Once we receive all of our results we will notify you that we have received all of the results for skilled and basic care. Our next scheduled testing is Friday, August 28, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm followed by testing again on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Please if you should have any questions in the meantime let your Social Worker know.  Bethel will continue to work closely with the North Dakota Department of Health.  




August 23, 2020:


Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has received all (staff and resident) results except for 1 from COVID-19 testing completed on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 and we have no further positive results except for those previously reported (2 residents and 1 employee). Tomorrow (August 24, 2020) Bethel will complete testing for skilled and basic care (residents and staff) and only employee’s for assisted living.   

August 22, 2020:


As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing for basic and skilled care completed on August 19, 2020. We have received half of the test results for the skilled side and all of the basic care results. Basic care at this time is completely negative. Yesterday we informed you of a positive COVID-19 employee and a positive COVID-19 resident. This afternoon we were notified of another positive COVID-19 resident. Bethel has been in contact with the center for disease control at the North Dakota Department of Health and are following recommendations given. At this time Bethel has changed from staff wearing safety glasses/goggles to visors to add another layer over the surgical mask. Bethel will notify you of any further positive results or when we receive all of the test results.  Our next testing is Monday, August 24, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for all residents and staff on the skilled and basic care side and only employees of the assisted living side as they have remained negative for Covid-19.    



August 21, 2020:

As you are aware, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center had facility wide COVID-19 testing for basic and skilled care completed on August 19, 2020. Unfortunately, Bethel has received notification that we have a positive employee and a positive resident. Family has already been notified of the positive resident. 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.



August 19, 2020:


Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (skilled side) presently has 3 employees off the schedule.  One employee tested positive for COVID and the other two employees had upper respiratory infection symptoms who did test negative. None of these employees were in direct contact with residents. 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. We completed mass testing on both basic and skilled care levels for both residents and staff. If we receive any positive results we will notify you by 5:00 pm the following day.


    

August 17, 2020:



Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has received all (staff and resident) results from COVID-19 testing completed on Thursday, August 13, 2020 and we are happy to report all were negative.  Next testing will be completed on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This testing will only be for skilled and basic care.  


August 3, 2020:


Bethel has received notification that we have a positive COVID-19 employee who has been symptomatic  and been off the schedule since 07/30/20. The employee has been wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (mask and visor/safety glasses) while at work. 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 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 21, 2020:

Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center received report from mass testing completed on July 21, 2020 that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Employee was not exhibiting any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Employee had been wearing appropriate personal protective equipment i.e. surgical mask and visor/safety glasses.


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.



June 12, 2020    


COVID-19 testing was completed on June 9th, 2020 and all were negative.



May 29, 2020    


At approximately 7:00 pm Bethel received all of their results from the testing completed on May 27, 2020 and there were no further positive results.  The one employee who tested positive is not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. 



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 22, 2020




On Sunday, May 3rd, 2020, Bethel staff and residents underwent facility wide COVID-19 testing. First, I want to extend my immense gratitude to Governor Doug Bergum. He has remained steadfast and strong in his commitment against COVID-19, and thanks to his quick and thorough actions he has taken to further protect the residents and staff that work and reside in long term care he will most likely have helped save lives. On Wednesday, May 6th, 2020, I received notification of the first positive resulting from Sunday’s testing and not long after I received notification of a second positive. On May 9th, 2020 Bethel received all of their results back from the testing completed on May 3rd, 2020. No further positives were identified. On May 13, 2020 we were notified of a staff member who tested positive with COVID-19. While we are saddened of this news, we have prepared for this possible outcome.     


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 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.                                                                  



Since March 12th, 2020, Bethel implemented several safety protocols into place which are listed below, and continued to make adjustments based on North Dakota Department of Health recommendations, the Center for Disease Control and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.       


     


  • Limiting the entrance/exit into the facility to the main entry door.
  • Visitor restrictions were implemented. Only exception is during end of life care in which immediate family (spouse and children) are allowed to visit. Visitor is required to go through a screening process COVID-19 symptom check with a temperature check prior to entrance into the building. Visitors are required to wear personal protective equipment i.e. surgical mask, visor, and gown. When the visitor enters Bethel and after application of the personal protective equipment (gown, visor, and surgical mask) they go to their loved ones room. After visit is completed the personal protective equipment is removed, hand hygiene is completed, and the visitor exits the building.  
  • Prior to an employee entering Bethel they are required to temperature scan in and answer questions regarding their health and symptoms of COVID-19. If the employee has a temperature and/or symptoms they are not to enter the building.    
  • Communal dining stopped and residents began having meals in their rooms.   
  • Communal activities have been stopped and residents have been completing activities on their neighborhoods in small groups ensuring social distancing of 6 feet. Hallway bingo has been a big hit.  
  • Nursing staff floating to other areas has been limited as much as possible.
  • Any other employees from other departments have been instructed to refrain from traveling through any other work areas in the facility that is not deemed necessary for work purposes.
  • Maintain the six-foot social distancing standard at all times.
  • Surgical masks were issued to staff and cloth masks later to residents based on the state requirements and recommendations.
  • Staff are required to stay home if experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms or like illnesses.
  • Residents are screened twice a day for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 including temperature and oxygen level check. 
  • New admits into Bethel have a COVID-19 test prior to admit. Once a negative test result is obtained and Bethel can meet the needs of the individual they will be admitted. Contact/Droplet isolation precautions will be implemented for 14 days with enhanced monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms and vital sign monitoring.
  • Non-essential medical appointments have been canceled and rescheduled. If the medical appointment meets the use of telemedicine the medical appointment is conducted via telemedicine. If a resident requires a clinic visit precaution put in place are that both the resident and the provider will wear a mask and the resident is roomed upon arrival to clinic to minimize exposure.  
  • If a resident requires an emergency room visit, upon return to Bethel the resident will be placed on contact/droplet precautions for 7 days with enhanced symptom check for COVID-19 as well as temperature and oxygen check.
  • Mail has been held for 24 hours and is cleaned prior to distribution to the residents.
  • Early on in the pandemic Bethel did not allow families to bring items into the building for the resident. Most recently Bethel has implemented drop off dates for families to bring items in for the resident. Upon receiving these items they are cleaned and sit for 72 hours prior to distribution to the residents.  
  • Deep cleaning and disinfection was conducted on the skilled side May 12th and May 13th, 2020.  
  • After the two positive asymptomatic COVID-19 residents were identified and at the direction of the North Dakota Department of Health Strike team enhancement to the personal protective equipment for employees of a visor/face shield and isolation gown at all times with the surgical mask.
       


Despite our best efforts, COVID-19 is now, more than ever, a real threat to the heroes that live and work at Bethel. And I will not forget the families, who have given up so much time already with their loved one. You too are nothing short of a hero.  This is beyond difficult, but together we will get through this. Staff remain steadfast and dedicated. We immediately launched further protective measures including isolating of COVID-19 positive residents and assigned a dedicated staff member to care for them, and will continue to evolve as more tests results come in, and will continue to enforce our detailed safety checks, routine testing and various well-being screenings to ensure the health of everyone. We hoped and prayed we would receive nothing short of negative results, now we continue to pray for those affected, and that the impact is minimal and we can continue to keep residents and staff safe to the best of our ability.






 


 



 





      

 



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