July 17, 2020
Friends & Families of Morris Health Services,
As of 07/17/2020 a tenant of Skyview Plaza has tested positive for COVID-19. As an affiliate of West Wind Village, this event triggers a planned process of opening a segregated unit at West Wind Village that will isolate caregiving to COVID-19 positive residents in a manner that aggressively minimizes transmission to others. This segregated unit is physically separated from the rest of our community and the designated staff will remain within the segregated unit and will not have physical contact with other non-segregated residents or staff. Our top priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy. We are collaborating with Dr. Elizabeth Meichsner, our Medical Director and the Minnesota Department of Health and are following all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps at this time.
Tenants of Skyview Plaza and Court have been asked to quarantine themselves to their apartments where they will continue to receive scheduled cares and meals. Our staff are equipped with specific training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to continue to provide safe, quality care, services and support to the residents of our communities.
Any tenants and residents who test positive will be transferred to the segregated unit at West Wind Village and receive specific cares required during their illness. Any staff who tests positive will be quarantined at home and will not be allowed to return to work until they recover from the virus, symptom free (7 days from onset or 3 days post last symptom) and pass the employee screening protocols.
With the confirmed case of COVID-19 in Skyview Plaza, we will be initiating the process of entire site testing for all tenants and staff of Skyview Plaza and Court, as well as residents and staff of West Wind Village. More information regarding this testing will be forthcoming. We believe this is the best way to protect tenants, residents, staff and our community and track the path of the virus. If we receive any positive tests, we will promptly notify all residents, their family contact and our staff. We will continue to update the community on our results as well as our ongoing work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 via our website (www.sfhs.org) and our Facebook page.
Our staff are equipped with specific training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to continue to provide safe, quality care, services and support to the residents of our communities. We are committed to the health and safety of all the people that live and work in our community.
Due to the confirmed case, we must suspend all open-window and patio visits at this time at all locations. We will continue to schedule closed window visits or virtual visits. We will continue to update you on any news, emerging issues, or additional changes in our operations via Bright Arrow, email, website, and our Facebook page. We know that this news may concern you or that you may have questions about what we are doing to keep everyone safe and healthy. Please do not hesitate to reach out at 320.589.1133.
Morris Health Services