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Results from Entire-Site Testing on 9/22/2020

September 25, 2020

Good afternoon, Morris Health Services tested residents and staff at both West Wind Village and Skyview Senior Living on Tuesday, September 22 and we have the majority of the results back.

Unfortunately, an additional resident at Skyview Senior Living has tested positive for COVID 19 and was transferred to the COVID unit at our sister facility in Renville.  A staff person working at Skyview Senior Living also tested positive this past week.  Therefore, as a result of this week’s COVID 19 testing, one staff and one resident have tested positive at Skyview Senior Living and no positive test results at West Wind Village, so far. 

We will update you again if there are any additional positive cases at either facility.  Staff will be tested again today at both locations and residents and staff will be tested at both locations on Tuesday, September 29th. 

If you have any questions, please contact Paula at 320-589-7900. Please pray for those in our care, their families and for the staff. Stay safe and please continue to take precautions to keep our community safe.  Thank you!

COVID FAQ’s

CoVid Q & A

How reliable is CoVid 19 testing?

False positives are extremely rare; less than 2% per the CDC. False negatives are usually caused by the person having a recent exposure (less than two days), so there aren’t enough antigens in their system for the test to detect. This is why we test twice a week when the facility is in the “red zone”.

How do the zones work and what do they mean?

The zones for nursing facilities are determined by the number of active positive cases in the county per 10,000 persons. In the green zone, nursing facilities are required to test staff once per month. In the yellow zone, staff must be tested once a week. In the red zone, staff must be tested twice a week and testing now is required for staff to work regardless of the zone. Nursing Facilities are also required to conduct point prevalence testing once a week if a staff or resident has tested positive. In this case, residents are quarantined to their rooms with isolation precautions to minimize the spread of Co-Vid 19 in the facility. The facility needs two weeks in a row of all negative test results for both residents and staff to discontinue the quarantine (allow residents to move around the building, go back to the dining room, open up the beauty shop, etc.) and discontinue point prevalence testing.

If a person has tested positive for CoVid 19 but doesn’t have symptoms, does that mean they don’t have CoVid 19?

No, false positives are extremely rare. Many people who have CoVid 19 don’t develop symptoms; 81% of people who test positive for CoVid are asymptomatic according to the CDC. People who are younger and healthy are less likely to develop symptoms. Older people and/or people with other health problems are more likely to develop symptoms, become sicker or die.

If a person who tested positive for CoVid 19 is asymptomatic, they are still contagious and need to quarantine so they do not spread it other people.

When staff or a resident test positive, why aren’t they retested before returning to work or moved off a CoVid unit?

People who have had a positive CoVid 19 test are not retested for 90 days, since they still have antigens in their system and will continue to test positive even though they are no longer contagious. Per the Center for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health, CoVid 19 test results and signs/symptoms are used to determine when a person is no longer contagious and can return to work or move off a CoVid unit.

How does CoVid 19 impact the residents?

According to the Center for Disease Control, 8 out 10 deaths due to CoVid are people 65 or older; therefore, residents residing in nursing facilities or assisted living facilities are at the highest risk of death if they contract CoVid 19.

Please let us know if you have any other questions about CoVid 19 you would like addressed. Thank you so much for all your effort to keep our residents, staff and community safe!Morris Health Services

Weekly Update

9/19/2020

As you are aware, Morris Health Services conducted CoVID 19 testing this past week. We were informed today that one additional staff member from Skyview Senior Living tested positive; there are a handful of test results from this round of staff testing still pending. We have received results on all residents from this round of testing for both West Wind Village and Skyview Senior Living. Staff and residents along with their families have been notified if they tested positive. Updates will be provided if there are any additional positive results from testing this past week. Morris Health Services’ residents and staff will be tested again next Tuesday, 9/22/2020 and results will be shared with residents, families and staff.

We continue to follow all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Residents are being monitored throughout all shifts. All staff continue to be screened prior to entering the building and are required to wear surgical masks and eye protection.

Please take precautions and stay safe as there is significant community transmission of CoVid 19 in our area. If you have any questions, please reach out to Paula Henrickson, Administrator at 320-589-7900.

2 Additional Staff Members Positive for COVID

09/11/2020


Morris Health Service’s residents and staff were tested on September 8th, 2020 for COVID-19. We had 2 additional staff members from our care center test positive for COVID-19. All residents at West Wind Village and Skyview Senior Living have tested negative for COVID-19. We will be testing all residents and staff at both locations again next week. We continue to follow all recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Last week we learned about the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) testing requirements that include routine staff testing. Based on our current county positivity rate provided by CMS, our care center is in the high category. CMS recalculates the county positivity rate weekly and we will keep you updated if our category changes. This category requires us to routinely test staff twice weekly. All staff were tested on Tuesday this week and all STAFF will be tested again Friday, September 11th.
Stevens County is experiencing an increase in the number of positive cases in our area, which can pose a greater risk of exposure to both our residents and our staff. We need your help to stop the spread of COVID-19. Remember you can help limit exposure in our community through appropriate hand hygiene, mask use, and social distancing.
Looking for ways to help? We have a variety of positions available with flexible scheduling and on the job training. Please contact our care center for more information or visit www.jobswithus.org to apply.

We appreciate all the support, prayers, and offers of help that we’ve received. Updated information on our planning and preparedness for Coronavirus and our activities within our care center can be found by visiting our website (www.sfhs.org) or our Facebook page. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Paula at 320-589-7900 or email her at phenrickson@mhs.sfhs.org.

Entire-Site Testing Results

09/03/2020

Morris Health Service’s residents and their staff were tested on August 31st, 2020 after a staff member had been confirmed to have COVID-19.  We will continue weekly testing of all residents and staff until we have gone two consecutive weeks with no additional positive cases. As of September 3rd, we have had 1 additional staff member of Morris Health Services Assisted Living test positive for COVID-19. We will be testing again on Tuesday, September 8th.

 Tests PositiveTests NegativeTests PendingInconclusiveTotal Tested
Skyview Senior Living Residents0434047
Staff at Skyview1210022
West Wind Village0625067
Staff at WWV010562113
Results from 08/31/2020 Entire-Site Testing

This week, CMS and MDH released new testing requirements for our care center’s staff and residents that are effective immediately. “Facility Staff” is defined broadly, to include employees, consultants, contractors, volunteers, and caregivers who provide care and services to residents on behalf of the facility, and students in the facility’s nurse aide training programs or from affiliated academic institutions.  The requirements outline routine testing depending on our county positivity rate:

  • Low: Monthly testing in counties with less than 5% positivity
  • Medium: Weekly testing in counties with 5-10% positivity
  • High: Bi-weekly testing in counties with greater than 10% positivity

The rule also requires testing in three scenarios: (i) symptomatic individual identified; (ii) outbreak (new case arises in facility); and (iii) routine testing.  While CMS does not recommend routine testing of residents unless the resident leaves the facility regularly, it does require routine testing of staff.

Currently, our policy is to test residents and staff if they are symptomatic, had exposure to someone positive and during a known outbreak in our facility like we are experiencing now. Due to our county positivity rate, we will now be testing all staff monthly as well. This frequency is subject to change pending our county positivity rate.

We appreciate all the support, prayers, and offers of help that we’ve received. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Paula at 320-589-7900 or email her at phenrickson@mhs.sfhs.org

Weekly Update

As of today, we have no known cases of Coronavirus in our care center. We continue to follow the recommended guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Minnesota Department of Health. We carefully monitor all residents for symptoms, screen all staff at the beginning of each shift, use PPE, and conduct audits of our infection control practices, providing further education as needed. 

COVID-19 is still being contagiously transmitted throughout our state. It’s important to keep in mind that our residents are highly vulnerable to the virus and are the most at risk if they are infected.  It is our policy to continually evaluate the presence of positive COVID-19 cases in our communities and nearby counties. We are carefully considering our options regarding visitation, evaluating our policies and protocols and will update you weekly. In the meantime, please contact Paula at 320-589-7900 or by email at phenrickson@mhs.sfhs.org with any questions or concerns.

Currently, visiting with your loved one can be done through scheduled patio visits, open window visits, and closed window visits. We also encourage alternative means of communicating with residents such as phone calls, Facebook, Skype, etc. To schedule your visit, call Katlyn Gonzalez at 320-589-7960 or by email at kagonzalez@wwv.sfhs.org.

Looking for ways to help? We have a variety of positions available with flexible scheduling and training. Please contact the care center for more information or visit www.jobswithus.org to apply.

Updated information on our planning and preparedness for Coronavirus and our activities within our care centers can be found by visiting our website (www.sfhs.org) or our Facebook page. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

2 Weeks COVID Free! COVID Unit Closed!

We would like to share the results from Morris Health Service’s 2nd round of entire site testing shown below. Skyview Senior Living was tested on July 27th and West Wind Village was tested on July 30th. All test results have returned 100% negative for COVID-19.

 Tests PositiveTests NegativeTests PendingLab ErrorTotal Tested
Skyview Senior Living0500050
Staff at Skyview0320032
West Wind Village0650065
Staff at WWV010100101
Results as of 08/05/2020

Morris Health Services has now gone two consecutive weeks with no additional positive cases of COVID-19. Following these results and all recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, we have closed our COVID unit and will be lifting the precautions we introduced during the threat of COVID-19. Beginning Wednesday August 5th, we will begin scheduled, monitored, social distanced patio and open window visits. Please contact Katlyn Gonzalez, 320-589-7960 or kagonzalez@wwv.sfhs.org to schedule your visit.

As visitor restrictions in the care centers continue to loosen, it is crucial that we all remain vigilant on social distancing, face masks and proper hand hygiene. As we experienced, open window visits, patio visits, and the soon coming Essential Caregivers’ program can come to an immediate halt if any resident or staff member test positive for COVID-19. The healthcare heroes in our community need you. This week we are calling on the friends and family of all who live and work here to partner with us and our affiliates, as we keep face masks and social distancing as important in our everyday lives as it is in our care center. Post a picture of you wearing a facemask and tag our Facebook page @MorrisHealthServices using the hashtag #MaskingWithSFHS. Tell us and the rest of our community why you continue to wear a facemask and be proud of helping protect our seniors and those who care for them.

Updated information on our planning and preparedness for Coronavirus and our activities within our care center can be found by visiting our website (www.sfhs.org) or our Facebook page. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

West Wind Village – 1st Round of Testing Results

07/29/2020

Last week we shared the results from Skyview Senior Living’s 1st round of testing which were all negative. Today we are sharing the results from West Wind Village’s 1st round of testing that was done on Thursday, July 23, 2020. As you can see below the results that did come back, were all negative. Unfortunately, there was 1 resident and 10 staff tests that have not been returned due to a lab error. Entire-site testing will be done for all of West Wind Village again on Thursday, July 30th.

 Tests PositiveTests NegativeTests PendingLab ErrorTotal Tested
Skyview Senior Living0500050
Staff at Skyview0320032
West Wind Village0660167
Staff at WWV0101010111

Results as of 07/29/2020

Entire-site testing was performed for the 2nd time on Skyview Senior Living residents and staff on Monday, July 27th.  We anticipate their results later this week and will share them with you after they come in. If all results come back negative, we will discontinue weekly testing at Skyview Senior Living.

Our COVID unit remains open until all testing is complete. If our testing results continue to come back negative for residents and staff, the unit will no longer need be in use and will be closed.

We appreciate your continued support. For all results and latest updates please visit our website at www.sfhs.org. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Paula at 320-589-7900 or email her at phenrickson@mhs.sfhs.org.

1st Round of Testing Results

07/24/2020

 Tests PositiveTests NegativeTests PendingTotal Tested
Skyview Senior Living050050
Staff at Skyview032032
West Wind Village006868
Staff at WWV00111111

As we have stated in previous updates, Morris Health Services have initiated entire-site testing. Skyview Senior Living residents and their staff were tested on Monday, July 20th, 2020 and West Wind Village residents and their staff was tested Thursday, July 23, 2020. We will continue weekly testing of all residents and staff until we have two consecutive weeks with no additional positive cases.  If we receive any positive tests, we will promptly notify all residents, their family contact and our staff. We will update the community on our results as well as our ongoing work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 via our website (www.mhs.sfhs.org) and our Facebook page.  

Results as of 07/24/2020

We are thrilled to report that all staff and residents from Skyview Senior Living have tested negative for COVID-19.  We are still waiting on the results from the tests at West Wind Village done on Thursday. The resident who had tested positive for CoVid-19 has been transferred to our segregated unit in West Wind Village where they will receive care required to see them through this illness.

You continue to be a key partner in keeping our residents and staff safe. The threat for COVID-19 is still very real and we have seen the devastating impact this virus can have on the long-term care industry. We stand with Governor Walz and ask you to continue to partner with us in wearing a face mask when unable to social distance. This face mask is a simple and effective way we can protect our dedicated staff and residents who are most at-risk for this virus.

We appreciate all the support, prayers, and offers of help that we’ve received. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Paula at 320-589-7900 or email her at phenrickson@mhs.sfhs.org.

Positive COVID-19 at Skyview Plaza

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.

Sincerely,
Morris Health Services