As families were updated earlier this week, a symptomatic RenVilla employee was tested after last week’s PPT testing, and the results came back positive. The employee had worked just shy of 2 days prior to symptom onset. Therefore, we restarted the utilization of full PPE for all residents (this includes gowning) due to the possibility of exposure. Also reported to families earlier this week, a resident that became symptomatic tested positive utilizing the rapid antigen machine. The resident is now in quarantine in the COVID Unit.
All RenVilla residents and staff were tested on October 6th. There was 1 employee who tested positive. However, that employee has not worked at RHS since 9/18/2020. Therefore, the transmission for the employee is unrelated to the building and there was no risk of exposure to the residents or employees here at RHS. All other results returned negative. We will be testing again on October 13th. 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 deeply appreciate the sacrifices you continue to make to limit the impact of COVID-19 on our community and your patience as we navigate through the COVID Pandemic. Our entire team looks forward to seeing you again. Families, friends and volunteers are a core fabric of what makes our community so special. In the meantime, we remind you to take advantage of window visits and the ability to connect residents and their loved ones through alternative communication, such as FaceTime, Zoom and Skype.
Thank you again for being partners with us in fighting the COVID-19 virus. Your messages of support, prayers, and caring is important to those working to keep our residents healthy and safe. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.