October 2nd, 2020

Since 9/23/2020, the RenVilla has had 2 residents test positive for COVID-19 and 0 employees test positive. The RenVilla residents and employees were all tested for COVID-19 on 09/29/2020. Those results all returned negative. We will be testing again on October 6th. We will continue to test weekly until we have 2 weeks of no new cases (residents or staff). After that point we will test based on community transmission. That is reviewed weekly, but currently, transmission rates would also require us to test weekly.

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).

We have received our rapid Antigen testing machine. We are using this technology to test residents and staff that are showing signs and symptoms in order to quickly quarantine positive residents and staff from the rest of our community. These tests show results within an hour and are then confirmed by the PCR testing that usually takes between 2-7 days.

The coming cooler months will continue to challenge us in limiting the impact of COVID-19 on our community. It is important for each of us to think about how our actions affect others we come in contact with. We must protect one another.  You are a key partner in the safe reopening of our care center, please remember to social distance, wear a mask, and practice proper hand hygiene. Remember to stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Due to the positive cases in our care center. We are unable to resume patio visits at this time, but we are preparing to resume them as soon as possible within MDH regulations.

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.

We could not fight this battle without our remarkable staff of caregivers. Every day, they risk their own health to provide our residents with the support and compassion they need.

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.