News And Events

Essential Visitors Coming Soon!

As we have stated in previous updates, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is now permitting long-term care settings to institute an Essential Caregiver program that would allow designated individuals to provide care and support to their loved one. This program is a recommendation, not a mandate or a requirement.

The safety and health of our residents and staff has guided our work throughout the pandemic. We have felt the impact of social isolation on our residents’ wellbeing and are thankful MDH has moved forward to allow Essential Caregivers in long-term care settings as one option to provide personal care and meaningful connection between residents and their loved ones. This guidance represents the next step in encouraging safe and responsible visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 We are currently reviewing the guidance developed by MDH and are preparing policies and ensuring proper protective measures are in place prior to initiating this program. We will continue to actively monitor the presence of COVID-19 in our setting and the broader community, and will review our policies on a weekly basis to decide when to safely implement Essential Caregivers in our setting.

Our primary goal from when we first learned that the coronavirus was spreading through our state was to protect our residents and staff from this deadly virus.  We at Renville Health Services have implemented and are maintaining infection control practices that have allowed us to effectively control and manage the spread of COVID-19 in our setting. As of 6/25/2020, we have had no knew cases of COVID-19 in our care center. Meadows on Main and Prairie View continue to have no cases. We remain cautious in modifying our visitation policies to protect the health and safety of our staff and residents. We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to do all we can to provide safe, quality care and support our residents.

We know that you are eager to find out if you qualify as an essential caregiver. We ask for your patience and understanding as we develop a plan to move forward and determine when to initiate Essential Caregivers. Watch for additional details in the updates to come. In the meantime, we encourage you to take advantage of our other visitation opportunities. To schedule a virtual visit, closed or open window visits and outdoor patio visits please contact:

  • RenVilla – Deb Vizecky at (320) 329-4374
  • MOM – Deb Wertish at (320) 329-3788
  • PV – Lisa McColley at (320) 848-2093

For any questions or concerns, please contact Casie Knoshal, Administrator at 320 329-7373. Additional information on our planning and preparedness can be found on our website at www.sfhs.org.

Partner With us to Protect our Residents & Staff

As of 07/24/2020, we have no known cases of COVID-19 in our care center. You continue to be a key partner in keeping our residents and staff safe.  We have made incredible progress together in slowing the spread of the virus, but the threat is still very real and we have seen the devastating impact this virus has on our 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 those who are most at-risk for this virus.

The COVID Pandemic has created new employment opportunities in our care center for people wanting to help our most at-risk population combat this virus. If you or someone you know may be interested in working side by side with us as we truly make a difference in the lives of our residents, call Natasha at 320-329-4371 or visit www.jobswithus.org for more information.

One of the most difficult things about COVID-19 for our residents has been the prolonged separation from families and loved ones. We recognize the critical role family members and other outside caregivers, such as friends, volunteers, private personal caregivers, often have in the care and support of our residents.

Realizing both the potential benefits of the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) new Essential Caregiver program and risks of allowing additional essential caregivers into the building, we are carefully considering this guidance as well as other criteria such as the current status of COVID-19 in our setting and local communities and the overall health and safety of all who live and work here. At a briefing by Governor Walz this week, it was shared that 24% of Minnesota’s 368 nursing homes currently have an outbreak, which is defined by MDH as having at least one case. In the 1,692 Minnesota assisted living settings, only 8% currently have an outbreak. We ask for your patience as we review this data and MDH’s guidance and determine our next steps in terms of how it aligns with our infection control practices and diligent commitment we have to combat this virus.

Please know that it is our policy to continually evaluate the presence of positive COVID-19 cases in our communities and nearby counties and recognize the desire and need of our residents and their loved ones to be connected in a more meaningful way. We are carefully considering our options, evaluating our policies and protocols and sharing updated information with you as frequent as possible. In the meantime, please reach out to Casie, Administrator at 320-329-4373 or cknoshal@renvilla.sfhs.org if you have any questions.

Best Practices for Infection and Prevention Control (IPC)

Renville Health Services is thrilled to announce that after 2 weeks of no new additional cases of CoVid-19, we will no longer do weekly point prevalence testing. We have no residents in our segregated unit and all staff that previously tested positive have been declared CoVid-free and are able to work.

In the past week, we have introduced new opportunities for more meaningful connections for our residents and loved ones through open window visits and outdoor patio visits.  We ask that you schedule your virtual visits, open window visits, and patio visits ahead of time due to high demand and safety of our residents. Our entire team enjoys seeing our residents and loved ones visiting, but what to remind you that you are a key partner in helping our residents and staff remain safe. Please wear a mask at all times, social distance from your loved one and other visitors, and refrain from having any physical contact with your loved one during your visit.

We continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) regarding infection and prevention control (IPC).  The following list identifies best practices currently in place at our care center:

Visitor Restrictions:

  • Indoor person to person visits are not allowed unless considered under the Compassionate Visit criteria.  Alternative opportunities for visits by appointment include,
    • Virtual visits.
    • Open or closed window visits with social distancing.
    • Outdoor patio visits with social distancing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required upon visitor successfully passing the visitor screening. All outdoor visits must be monitored by staff.
  • Volunteers.  In some cases, volunteers have been specially trained and specifically assigned screening or monitoring duties and have limited access to the care center with PPE use.
  • Non-essential health care providers (HCP).  In some cases, depending on ability to use telehealth methods and certain procedures required, HCP are allowed access.

Other Infection Control Practices

  • Residents are monitored for signs and symptoms of respiratory infection.
    • Resident(s) presenting with respiratory symptoms consistent with CoVid-19 will be recommended for testing and quarantined while awaiting test results.
    • Dependent on outcomes, point prevalence testing (PPT) of the entire resident population and employees will be implemented.
  • Residents are quarantined
    • upon admission,
    • if exposed to individuals with COVID-19 or those with exposure risk,
    • or upon return from medically emergent appointments out of the care center.  Some medically necessary appointments may not require quarantine upon re-entry to the care center.
  • Essential health care providers (HCP), who cannot use telehealth methods for treatment or are providing specific procedures will be allowed access using PPE and using specific ICP.
  • Essential HCP, Compassionate Criteria visits and employee entrance to the building will be limited to one location when possible.
  • Employees/contractors are screened upon entry and actively monitored while in the care center.
    • Any staff or contractor showing respiratory symptoms consistent with CoVid-19 will be asked to be tested and not allowed to enter the building and expected to quarantine at home while waiting for test results.
  • Social distancing is practiced throughout the building.
  • All Staff are required to wear PPE including a surgical masks and eye protection.    Additional PPE is required if a segregated unit is used or outbreak occurs.
  • Residents are required to wear masks while receiving cares or are out of their room, unless medically exempt.
  • All deliveries are left at the care center designated delivery door or in the vestibule where possible.
  • Cleaning protocols are met for COVID-19.

Updated information on our preparedness for COVID-19 can be found on our website (www.sfhs.org) or Facebook page. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

No New Positive Cases of CoVid-19 for a 2nd Time

Date: 7/10/2020

Renville Health Services tested residents and staff who previously tested negative for CoVid-19 for the 5th time on Thursday July 9th, 2020. These results are reflected in the graph below. We had 0 new positive resident and 0 new positive staff. We currently have 3 residents in our segregated unit being treated by our designated staff and 0 staff still self-quarantining at home.

 Tests PositiveTests NegativeTests PendingTotal Tested
RenVilla036036
Meadows on Main0000
Prairie View0000
Staff072072

Following 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 will slowly be easing some precautions we introduced amid the active cases in RenVilla.

  • 07/13/2020 – Tentatively looking into discontinuing facility wide droplet precautions. This means staff will no longer be fully gowned in each resident room, and residents will be able to come out of their rooms individually to spend time outside for 1:1 activities with staff.
  • 07/15/2020 – Tentatively initiating scheduled, monitored, social distanced patio visits for residents and guests. More information on this will be coming shortly.
  • Once we no longer have residents in our COVID Unit, we plan to reintroduce beautician/salon visits for our residents.

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.

Casie Knoshal

Administrator

Renville Health Services

Phone: 320-329-4373

4th Round of Testing Results

Date: 7/6/2020

Renville Health Services tested residents and staff who previously tested negative for CoVid-19 for the 4th time on Thursday July 2nd, 2020. These results are reflected in the graph below. We had 0 positive resident and 0 positive staff. We will be testing again Thursday July 9th. We currently have 4 residents in our segregated unit being treated by our designated staff and 3 staff still self-quarantining at home.

 Tests PositiveTests NegativeTests PendingTotal Tested
RenVilla035035
Meadows on Main0000
Prairie View0000
Staff069069

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. As a reminder, because of the active cases in our care center, we are only allowing closed window visits and virtual visits at this time.

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.

Casie Knoshal

  Administrator

  Renville Health Services

   Phone: (320) 329-4373

   Fax: (320) 329-3678

Testing Results for 3rd round of testing at RenVilla

Date: 6/27/2020

Renville Health Services tested residents and staff who previously tested negative for CoVid-19 for the 3rd time on Thursday June 25th, 2020. These results are included in the graph below. We had 1 positive resident and 0 positive staff. The notable improvement from the 2 weeks prior lead us to believe that the positive results will continue to decline. We will be testing again the next 2 Thursdays. We currently have 5 residents in our segregated unit being treated by our designated staff and 4 staff still self-quarantining at home.

 Tests PositiveTests NegativeTests PendingTotal Tested
RenVilla71420149
Meadows on Main0000
Prairie View0000
Staff52180223

We are working in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health and following all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide care for our residents in our segregated unit. We will continue to coordinate with our state and federal regulatory agencies to take the necessary steps to best protect residents and staff from this virus and prevent it from spreading any farther.

Due to the current CoVid-19 situation in RenVilla, we are providing scheduled, closed window visits with residents. We also encourage virtual visits. Staff are able to assist in these visits using (portable phones and tablets).

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.

Casie Knoshal

  Administrator

  Renville Health Services

   Phone: (320) 329-4373

   Fax: (320) 329-3678

COVID-19 Situation Update

6/18/2020

Renville Health Services began proactively testing all residents and staff of RenVilla on Thursday, June 11th after a resident showing symptoms, tested positive. All those who tested negative this past week were be tested again this today, Thursday, June 18th. We anticipate to have those results within 48 hours. We currently have 3 residents in our segregated unit, and 2 staff members self-quarantined at home. 

 Tests PositiveTests NegativeTests PendingTotal Tested
RenVilla36741111
Meadows on Main0000
Prairie View0000
Staff27872152

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. Gowns are also being worn when in resident rooms.

In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, Renville Health Services would like to extend our appreciation to all Fathers for all they do and continue to do for us. Father’s Day is a time to honor the men who have influenced our lives and protected us when needed. This year, CoVid-19 precludes us from being together on this special day. We encourage you to visit virtually or through a window visit.  Staff are working diligently to meet the high demands for virtual visits and window visits. To ensure families are able to see their loved one during the upcoming Father’s Day and any other time, we ask that you contact the care center to schedule your window visit or virtual visit ahead of time.

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.

COVID-19 Situation Update

6/12/2020

As we have indicated in previous updates, our efforts to keep our residents and staff safe have resulted in no CoVid-19 exposure.  Sadly, we must now convey that we have had a small outbreak in our RenVilla care center.  We have prepared for weeks for this event and that preparation has placed us in an excellent position to handle the outbreak.  All residents and employees have now been tested for CoVid-19 and we have already received a majority of those results. 

The residents testing positive for CoVid-19 have been transferred to our segregated unit where they will receive all the cares required to see them through this illness.  Today, we have 3 number of residents in our segregated unit. 

In addition to these residents who tested positive, we have 1 staff self-quarantining at home due to a pending or positive COVID-19 test.

 Tests PositiveTests NegativeTests PendingTotal Tested
RenVilla361165
Meadows on Main0000
Prairie View0000
Staff1423376
As of 06/12/2020

As a reminder, staff that work in our segregated unit will not care for residents outside of the unit or interact with any employees that are providing direct care to residents outside of the unit. All staff in the segregated unit will be equipped with N95 masks, face shields, gowns, and foot covers. Staff will enter and exit the segregated unit from a separate door to prevent exposure to the rest of our care center, residents and employees. 

As you may have heard care centers in MN have been provided guidelines in which they can open up their beauty salons.  Unfortunately, with the confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our care center, we will not be allowed to resume salon services at this time.

A few of the activities that we have planned for the week ahead to keep residents engaged and connected: Facetime Visits, Devotions, Happy Hour, Trivia, Coloring Contests, Guessing Game Competitions, Etc.

We appreciate all the support, prayers, and offers of help that we’ve received. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Casie Knoshal at 320 329-4373.

Confirmed Staff with COVID-19 in RenVilla

Dear Family and Friends,

As of 6/9/2020, we have an employee in our RenVilla building who has tested positive for COVID-19.  As a result, that employee will be self-isolating for 14 days. We have also been working with our area providers to complete facility wide testing that will be completed following MDH Guidelines. Our top priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy. We are collaborating with 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.

Staff who test 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. To prevent transmission, our staff are equipped with specific training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to provide safe, quality care, services and support to the residents of our community.

As we’ve shared several times, in early March, we initiated proactive infection control practices, screening procedures and visitor restrictions that will help us manage this situation as effectively as possible and protect the safety and health of all who live and work here.

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 to me at (320) 329-4373 or cknoshal@renvilla.sfhs.org. 

Sincerely,

Casie Knoshal

Administrator

Renville Health Services

Confirmed COVID-19 in RenVilla

Dear Family and Friends

Although not unexpected, as of 6/9/2020, we have a resident in our RenVilla Building who has tested positive for COVID-19.  This event triggers a planned process of isolation to a segregated area to aggressively minimize transmission to others. Our top priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy. We are collaborating with 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.

The isolated area is segregated from the rest of our community and designated staff remain within the area who do not have physical contact with other non-segregated residents. Any staff who may test positive as a result of working within the segregated area 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. 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 community.

As we’ve shared several times, in early March, we initiated proactive infection control practices, screening procedures and visitor restrictions that will help us manage this situation as effectively as possible and protect the safety and health of all who live and work here.

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 to me at (320)329-4373 or cknoshal@renvilla.sfhs.org. 

Sincerely,

Casie Knoshal

Administrator

Renville Health Services