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Results from 9/22/2020 Entire-Site Testing

September 25, 2020

RenVilla residents and employees were tested for COVID-19 on 09/22/2020. All results have been received and are shown in the chart below.  We have had 0 residents test positive for COVID-19. We had 1 employee test positive. This employee has had no contact with residents and has had extremely low contact with staff as contact is not required within the employee’s job function. We will be testing again on September 29th. Even with no new cases, community transmission rates in Renville County will require us to continue weekly testing at this point in time at skilled nursing facilities. 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).

 Tests PositiveTests NegativeTests PendingTotal Tested
Residents037037
Staff175076
9/22/2020 Results

Due to the lack of exposure to positive cases for the necessary timeframe, RHS is now able to end facility wide quarantine. Residents will be able to move about in the facility and go outside much more easily. Activities will be resuming patio time for residents with music this weekend. We are unable to resume patio visits at this time, but we are preparing to resume them as soon as possible within MDH regulations. We are also preparing for indoor visits for when the weather is colder. How we will be able to facilitate indoor visits is still in process.

Staff will continue to wear PPE and follow rigorous infection control protocols. The COVID Unit is continuing to function effectively. The staff that work on the unit have zero physical contact with the non-segregated unit/staff/residents. The unit is completely physically segregated from our buildings. Over the course of the summer, the unit has been open and taking care of positive case for 40 days. In this time, 0 staff working the unit have tested positive and 0 concerns of transmission related to the unit have occurred.

We continue to be concerned with the overwhelming amount of new cases in Renville County, surrounding counties, and across Minnesota. Thankfully, we have experience, and we have a proven process to keep residents as safe as possible. This puts us in a unique position to help our community’s most vulnerable if they test positive with our currently operational segregated unit.

Please follow our Facebook page (@Renville Health Services) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Casie, Administrator at 320-329-4373 or by email at cknoshal@renvilla.sfhs.org.

Results from 9/15/2020 Entire-Site Testing

09/18/2020

Our residents and employees were tested for COVID-19 on 09/15/2020. We are happy to announce that we have no new positive cases of COVID-19 in Renvilla. We will be testing again on September 22nd. 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).

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, please contact our care center or visit www.jobswithus.org for more information. 

Please follow our Facebook page (@Renville Health Services) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Casie, Administrator at 320-329-4373 or by email at cknoshal@renvilla.sfhs.org.

COVID Positive Resident at Renvilla

09/10/2020

Our residents and employees were tested for COVID-19 on 09/08/2020. All results have been received and are shown in the chart below.  We have had 1 resident test positive for COVID-19.  We will be testing again on September 15th. 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).

 Tests PositiveTests NegativeTests PendingTotal Tested
Residents137038
Staff071071
Results from 9/08/2020 Entire-site testing

The resident testing positive for COVID-19 has been transferred to our COVID unit. 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 and gowns. 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. 

Updated information on our planning and preparedness for Coronavirus and our activities within our care center can be found by visiting our website (www.rhs.sfhs.org) or our Facebook page. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Casie, Administrator at 320-329-4373 or by email at cknoshal@renvilla.sfhs.org.

Entire-Site Testing Results

09/03/2020

Our residents and employees were tested for COVID-19 on 09/01/2020. All results have been received and are shown in the chart below.  We have had 2 staff members test positive for COVID-19. These cases are believed to be a result of community based transmission. You can help us limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community through appropriate hand hygiene, mask use, and social distancing.

 Tests PositiveTests NegativeTests PendingTotal Tested
Residents040040
Staff265067
Results from 9/01/2020 Entire-site testing

We will be testing for the 3rd time next week. 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. This frequency is subject to change pending our county positivity rate.

Updated information on our planning and preparedness for Coronavirus and our activities within our care center can be found by visiting our website (www.rhs.sfhs.org) or our Facebook page. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Casie, Administrator at 320-329-4373 or by email at cknoshal@renvilla.sfhs.org.

COVID Update

On Tuesday evening, we received notification that an employee who works at the RenVilla tested positive for Covid-19 as a result of community-based transmission. This employee is at home on quarantine. No residents are positive at this time.

Unfortunately, this means we needed to stop all patio visits and beautician visits at this time. In addition, we initiated another round of point-prevalence-testing. The first round of testing for residents and employees was completed today. We believe this is the best way to protect residents, staff, and our community.

We will 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).We continue to evaluate the increase in cases in our community and surrounding area and take those numbers into consideration. With the increase in cases, we implore our community members to take this virus seriously, mask, and social distance from one another. It is truly unfortunate that we have another confirmed case of Covid-19 as visitation guidelines are beginning to loosen. We will continue to evaluate this and make decisions based on positive cases in the facility, community, and on our testing results.

We will continue to update the community on our status as well as on our ongoing work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 via our website (www.rhs.sfhs.org). If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask. You can reach me at cknoshal@renvilla.sfhs.org.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this challenging and unprecedented time.

Stay safe,

Casie Knoshal

Administrator

Renville Health Services

COVID Positive Employee at Renvilla

On the evening of 08/25/2020, we received notification that an employee who works at the RenVilla tested positive for Covid-19. This employee is at home on quarantine. No residents are positive at this time.

As a result of potential exposure, we are initiating facility wide quarantine with transmission-based precautions for all residents at the RenVilla. This is a precaution used to reduce any potential transmission within the building. Unfortunately, this means we will need to stop all patio visits and beautician visits at this time. In addition, we will initiate another round of point-prevalence-testing. We believe this is the best way to protect residents, staff, and our community.

We will 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).

We will continue to promptly notify all residents, their family contact, and our staff of any changes. We will continue to update the community on our status as well as our ongoing work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 via our website (www.rhs.sfhs.org). If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask. You can reach me at (320) 329-4373 or cknoshal@renvilla.sfhs.org.

Weekly Update

As of today, we still have no new cases of Coronavirus in our buildings (RenVilla, ERC, MOM, PV). 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 Casie Knoshal at 320-329-4373 or by email at cknoshal@renvilla.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 Deb Vizecky at (320) 329-4373 or email at dvizecky@renvilla.sfhs.org .

Looking for ways to help? We have a variety of positions available with flexible scheduling and training. Please contact Natasha Segelstrom at (320) 329-4371 or email at nsegelstrom@renvilla.sfhs.org, 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.

Weekly Update

As of 08/14/2020, we have no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our care center or housing buildings. 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, and take all appropriate measures and doing everything possible to protect the health and wellness of all who live and work here.

This week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) issued guidance that outlines criteria and makes recommendations on how we can safely re-open our care centers to visitors while continuing to protect the health of our residents and staff.  MDH is allowing individual communities to make the final decision on re-opening to visitors, based on each care center’s unique situation.

Resuming visitation in our care center is a difficult decision because it will increase exposure to the virus, and our residents are at higher risk of complications if exposed to COVID-19.  Yet, we also know that the ongoing separation from family and friends and feelings of isolation can have a negative impact on our residents. The threat of this devastating and deadly virus is still with us. Minnesota is experiencing an increase in the number of positive cases in areas across our state, which can pose a greater risk of exposure to both our residents and our staff.

The MDH guidance has specific criteria that we will evaluate to determine when we can safely re-open our care center to visitation. It also applies to when we may need to restrict visitation based on the status and risk of exposure to COVID-19 for our residents and staff. 

We will be evaluating this guidance and our commitment to protect our residents and staff and will keep you informed of our progress. Please know there are several key factors to consider and requirements that we must meet before we can open our doors and welcome visitors again. This includes ensuring adequate personal protective equipment and staffing, a testing plan, diligent infection control practices that includes facemasks and social distancing for all staff, residents, and visitors, and the status of COVID-19 in: our building, our community, and our county.

We deeply appreciate the sacrifices you have made to limit the impact of COVID-19 on our community and your patience as we prepare our care center to host safe visitation and other activities. Our entire team looks forward to seeing you again as families, friends and volunteers are the foundation of what makes our community so special.

If you or someone you know are interested in becoming a healthcare hero, visit www.jobswithus.org. We have a variety of positions to start or continue your career in senior care. Plus, you can enjoy flexible scheduling and compelling benefits including a sign-on bonus, as you care for our seniors on the front lines of this pandemic.

Residents continue to enjoy one on one activities with staff as well as small group activities while socially distancing and wearing surgical face masks. Visiting with your loved one can be done virtually, open or closed window, and outdoor patio visits. We ask that you schedule your visits ahead of time due to high demand, staffing and the safety of our residents.

Thank you again for partnering with us in fighting the COVID-19 virus. Please do not hesitate to contact Casie Knoshal, Administrator at 320-329-4373 or at cknoshal@renvilla.sfhs.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Casie Knoshal

  Administrator

  Renville Health Services

   Phone: (320) 329-4373

   Fax: (320) 329-3678

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.