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Vaccine Mandate

West Wind Village is currently testing staff, residents, essential caregivers and providers twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Also, when an employee or resident show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has had exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19. At this time, visitation is restricted; visitation will be reevaluated when we have received all of Friday’s testing results.  As of today, we have no residents with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our care center. We are following recommendations from the MDH, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

On Wednesday of this week, President Biden announced that he has directed the CMS to develop emergency regulations requiring Nursing homes to mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations for staff members.  This new requirement is a key component of increasing vaccinations rates and protecting the health and safety of nursing home residents and staff. These vaccines have shown to help prevent COVID-19 and have proven to be effective against the Delta variant.

CMS is expected to release the new regulations in September. At this time we are uncertain of when the vaccine mandate will go into effect or details related to enforcement of the vaccination mandate.  We will honor exemptions for medical and religious reasons, required by law.

We are required to follow all CMS guidelines, but ask for your patience as we wait for more information regarding the key issues needed to move forward. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Paula at 320-589-7900, if you have any questions or concerns.

WWV COVID Update

Dear Friends and Family of West Wind Village,

Today we were notified one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the positive case in our care center, we have begun point-prevalence testing of all staff and residents regardless of vaccination status. This will occur until 2 rounds of testing return with no new positives. We are following recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

MDH requires us to restrict indoor visitation until all testing results return negative. At this time, we can continue Compassionate Care and Essential Care visits. Resident activities, dining, and doctor appointments will also continue in areas not impacted. Residents who were in contact with the staff member will have to quarantine to their rooms.  We encourage our family and friends to reach out to us to schedule closed window visits or virtual visits during this time.

Please follow our Facebook page (@Morris Health Services & @Skyview Senior Living) or our website (www.mhs.sfhs.org) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Paula at 320-589-7900, if you have any questions or concerns.

COVID Update

May 7th, 2021

This week, Morris Health Services had no staff or residents test positive for COVID-19; however, a few test results are still pending. We are following recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • West Wind Village – WWV is open to indoor visits. We encourage visitors to call and schedule visits in advance. We also encourage visitors to become vaccinated and test for COVID.   Please contact Katlyn at 320-589-7960 for more information. 
    • We are happy to report another step in relaxing resident restrictions.  This week the MN Department of Health (MDH) announced that fully vaccinated residents may participate in activities and dining without social distancing and without use of source control masks.  If unvaccinated residents are present, all residents are expected to wear source control masks except while eating, and the unvaccinated residents need to maintain social distancing.  Residents will need to wear masks getting to and from the dining or activity room, but if there are no unvaccinated residents, masks can be removed and vaccinated residents can sit near each other.
  • Skyview Senior Living – Both Skyview Court and Plaza are open for indoor visits.  We encourage visitors to call and schedule visits in advance. We also encourage visitors to become vaccinated and test for COVID.  Visits can we scheduled with Sophie at 320-589-4582.

Unfortunately, while cases in long-term care centers remain relatively low due to vaccination efforts, case rates in our local communities have climbed dramatically again. County positivity rates continue to dictate testing frequency and visitation policies. Data published Tuesday show there were 193 people in Minnesota’s hospitals getting intensive care for COVID-19 complications the day before, a rise of 21% from last week.

You are a key partner in keeping our care center open for visiting and ending this pandemic. We encourage you to connect with your primary health care provider or use the Vaccine Locator map (Vaccine Locations / COVID-19 Updates and Information – State of Minnesota (mn.gov)) to find a vaccine appointment near you.

Please follow our Facebook page (@Morris Health Services & @Skyview Senior Living) or our website (www.mhs.sfhs.org) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Paula at 320-589-7900, if you have any questions or concerns.

COVID Update

April 23rd, 2021

This week, Morris Health Services had no staff or residents test positive for COVID-19; however, a few test results are still pending. We are following recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • West Wind Village – WWV is open to indoor visits. We encourage visitors to call and schedule visits in advance. We also encourage visitors to become vaccinated and test for COVID.   Please contact Katlyn at 320-589-7960 for more information. 
  • Skyview Senior Living – Both Skyview Court and Plaza are open for indoor visits.  We encourage visitors to call and schedule visits in advance. We also encourage visitors to become vaccinated and test for COVID.  Visits can we scheduled with Sophie at 320-589-4582.

Unfortunately, while cases in long-term care centers remain relatively low due to vaccination efforts, case rates in our local communities have climbed dramatically again. County positivity rates continue to dictate testing frequency and visitation policies. Data published Tuesday show there were 193 people in Minnesota’s hospitals getting intensive care for COVID-19 complications the day before, a rise of 21% from last week.

You are a key partner in keeping our care center open for visiting and ending this pandemic. We encourage you to connect with your primary health care provider or use the Vaccine Locator map (Vaccine Locations / COVID-19 Updates and Information – State of Minnesota (mn.gov)) to find a vaccine appointment near you.

Please follow our Facebook page (@Morris Health Services & @Skyview Senior Living) or our website (www.mhs.sfhs.org) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Paula at 320-589-7900, if you have any questions or concerns.

COVID Update – No New Cases

April 16th, 2021

This week, Morris Health Services had no staff or residents test positive for COVID-19; however, a few test results are still pending. West Wind Village is currently open for indoor visits and Skyview Senior Living will open for indoor visits on Monday, April 20th if there are no positive cases.   WWV will continue to test staff weekly and Skyview Senior Living will test both residents and staff next Tuesday.  Stevens County is experiencing an increase in the positivity rate which will impact the frequency of testing staff.  We are following recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Health Department calculations on Friday show 49.8 percent of the state’s adult population has received at least one vaccine dose, with more than one-third completely vaccinated. However, active cases are now at levels not seen since December. Hospitalizations have climbed significantly in the past weeks and are hovering around levels not seen since early January. The age of those newly hospitalized is trending younger than earlier in the pandemic. The majority of people in the hospital now for COVID-19 are younger than 60.

We continue to work on vaccinating our residents and staff. You are a key partner in having our care center open for visiting and ending this pandemic. We encourage you to connect with your primary health care provider or use the Vaccine Locator map (Vaccine Locations / COVID-19 Updates and Information – State of Minnesota (mn.gov)) to find a vaccine appointment near you.

Please follow our Facebook page (@Morris Health Services & @Skyview Senior Living) or our website (www.mhs.sfhs.org) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Paula at 320-589-7900, if you have any questions or concerns.

COVID Update

April 8th, 2021

This week, West Wind Village had no staff or residents test positive for COVID-19; however, several test results are still pending. Therefore, WWV must continue to restrict indoor visitation except compassionate caregivers and essential caregivers for now. However, outdoor visits are allowed. We will continue to test residents and staff weekly on Tuesdays.  We are following recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

This week, MDH stated they will follow the CDC guidelines for national and international travel. If an employee is fully vaccinated they do not need to quarantine after travel. They would need a COVID test 3-5 days after return. 

The percentage of Minnesotans who are vaccinated continues to climb. 41.8% of Minnesotans have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 27% of Minnesotans are considered fully vaccinated. Even with the climbing vaccination rates, Minnesota’s state COVID positivity rate is now 6%, rising one percentage point from last week. Hospitalizations also continue to climb and are now the highest since the Pandemic’s peak in January.

One of the best ways you are able to help our community is to get vaccinated. We continue to encourage you to connect with your primary health care provider or use the Vaccine Locator map (Vaccine Locations / COVID-19 Updates and Information – State of Minnesota (mn.gov)) to find a vaccine appointment near you.

Please follow our Facebook page (@Morris Health Services & @Skyview Senior Living) or our website (www.mhs.sfhs.org) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Paula at 320-589-7900, if you have any questions or concerns.

MDH Recommendations for Safe Family Gatherings

MN Department of Health

Information for Safe Family Gatherings

Plan ahead

Take steps to lower the risk of COVID-19

  • If you are unvaccinated, limit chances for contact with someone with COVID-19. Two weeks prior to your gathering, avoid people who do not live with you and settings where you cannot stay at least 6 feet away from others. Avoid bars, restaurants, or carpools where people do not consistently wear a mask.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when you are inside places other than your home.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask at outdoor events where you cannot stay at least 6 feet away from others. See CDC: Improve How Your Mask Protects You (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/yourhealth/effective-masks.html).
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly and ask people coming into your home to do the same.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from others who live outside your household, whenever you can.

Create a safe setting

Create a safe setting for visitors

  • Before anyone enters your home, ask if they have had a fever, cough, body aches, fatigue, runny nose, or other symptoms of COVID-19. People with symptoms should stay home and away from all others. They should be tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
  • Before anyone enters your home, ask if they have recently been near someone with COVID-19. People who have spent time near a person with COVID-19 should stay home and away from others. They should be tested five to seven days after the contact.
  • Before bringing someone who needs long-term care into your home, get yourself and your household members tested for COVID-19.
  •  Before anyone enters your home, especially someone at-risk for more severe illness, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose completely.
  • Before anyone enters your car, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose completely. If people staying with you can also wear a mask, ask them to do so as well.
  • Before anyone enters your home, set up your house so people can stay 6 feet apart from others. See Indoor Air Considerations: COVID-19 (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/indoorair.html). LONG – TERM CARE GUIDANCE FOR OUTINGS.
  •  For current recommendations about creating a safe space for visitors, see Protect Yourself & Others: COVID-19 (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/prevention.html).

Contact the nursing home or assisted living-type facility

Nursing homes and assisted living-type facilities follow strict regulations and guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their buildings. Before taking someone out of nursing homes or assisted living-type facilities, make sure you understand the current guidelines.

Vaccination for COVID-19 is ongoing. We look forward to the day when more restrictions can be removed.

Skyview COVID Update

April 2nd, 2021

Dear Family and Friends,

This week, Skyview Senior Living had 1 staff members test positive for COVID-19 and NO tenants. Should any remaining test results come back positive, we would notify family, residents and staff promptly. Due to the positive test result, Skyview Senior Living must restrict all visitation except compassionate caregivers and essential caregivers at this time. We are following recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

MDH published guidelines for resident outings this week. Some highlights of the guidance include not quarantining residents who leave our care center for less than 24 hours unless exposed to positive case of COVID-19 or not adhering to infection control practices. This does require us to individually identify any risks and quarantine per assessment. Vaccinated residents can have close contact with persons they are visiting. Masking of all persons is required throughout the visit. The CDC Continues to recommend small gatherings as risk increases for large gatherings but reminds everyone that good infection control practices should occur both small and large gatherings. Please see our website for updated guidance on safe family gatherings from MDH. (Long-term Care Guidance for Outings – Minnesota Dept. of Health (state.mn.us))

As of this week, 80 percent of seniors have gotten at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine as well as 38 percent of residents aged 50 to 64. More than 1 million Minnesotans are now fully vaccinated and 1.66 million, or 38 percent have gotten at least one shot. On Tuesday, March 30th, Minnesota expanded vaccine eligibility to all Minnesotans ages 16 and up. Although vaccinations are ramping up, Minnesota’s seven-day rolling average positivity rate has been increasing, and as of the latest data, it is at 5.3%, putting the state in the “caution” status.

We encourage you to do your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 by connecting with your primary health care provider or using the Vaccine Locator map (Vaccine Locations / COVID-19 Updates and Information – State of Minnesota (mn.gov)) to find a vaccine appointment near you.  Please continue to wear face masks, social distancing, wash your hands often and get tested if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or are experiencing COVID symptoms.

Please follow our Facebook page (@Morris Health Services & @Skyview Senior Living) or our website (www.mhs.sfhs.org) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Paula at 320-589-7900, if you have any questions or concerns.

COVID Update

April 2nd, 2021

Dear Resident:

This week, WWV had 1 staff member test positive for COVID-19 and NO residents. Therefore, WWV must continue to restrict indoor visitation except compassionate caregivers and essential caregivers at this time. However, outdoor visits are allowed. We are following recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

MDH published guidelines for resident outings this week. Some highlights of the guidance include not quarantining residents who leave our care center for less than 24 hours unless exposed to positive case of COVID-19 or not adhering to infection control practices. Residents and families are still required to mask during these visits.  This does require us to individually identify any risks and quarantine per assessment. Vaccinated residents can have close contact with persons they are visiting. The CDC Continues to recommend small gatherings as risk increases for large gatherings but reminds everyone that good infection control practices should occur both small and large gatherings. Please see our website for updated guidance on safe family gatherings from MDH. (Long-term Care Guidance for Outings – Minnesota Dept. of Health (state.mn.us))

As of this week, 80 percent of seniors have gotten at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine as well as 38 percent of residents aged 50 to 64. More than 1 million Minnesotans are now fully vaccinated and 1.66 million, or 38 percent have gotten at least one shot. On Tuesday, March 30th, Minnesota expanded vaccine eligibility to all Minnesotans ages 16 and up. Although vaccinations are ramping up, Minnesota’s seven-day rolling average positivity rate has been increasing, and as of the latest data, it is at 5.3%, putting the state in the “caution” status.

We encourage you to do your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 by connecting with your primary health care provider or using the Vaccine Locator map (Vaccine Locations / COVID-19 Updates and Information – State of Minnesota (mn.gov)) to find a vaccine appointment near you.  Please continue to wear face masks, social distancing, wash your hands often and get tested if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or are experiencing COVID symptoms.

Please follow our Facebook page (@Morris Health Services & @Skyview Senior Living) or our website (www.mhs.sfhs.org) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Paula at 320-589-7900, if you have any questions or concerns.

WWV Staff Members Tests Positive for COVID-19

3/31/21

Dear Resident –

Good afternoon, we were just notified that one staff at West Village tested positive for COVID-19 on 3/26/21.  This staff has not worked in the facility while contagious, so no additional residents will need to be quarantined.  Unfortunately, as a result indoor visits will no longer be allowed except for compassionate care and essential care visits.  Staff and residents were tested were yesterday; we are waiting for results and we will continue to test on Tuesdays.

We continue to follow CDC, CMS and MDH regulations.  We will update you with any additional cases and the results of testing from this week. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I can be reached at 320-589-7900.  Thank you and Happy Easter!

Sincerely,

Paula Henrickson

Paula Henrickson, Administrator