Routine Staff Testing Schedule
October 26th 2020 from 1pm-3pm

 The time your group gets tested may change. We will do our best to keep the groups in this order for all dates of testing. Please alert Shyann Topel or your supervisor of any issues with scheduling. If you have requested the date of testing off or have taken PPL you will need to visit with Kendra Hiles DON to get tested before or after your day off. All staff must be tested. Refusing to test will result in being excluded from work until tested.
 Wear your PPE and practice 6 ft. social distancing. If there is a line of staff waiting to be tested, wait in your car.
 For testing day only – park outside of the East Asst. living entrance on Yellowstone Trail. Enter at Door #19. Testing will take place in the East Asst. Living Dining area.
 Therapists and Hospice personnel should arrive between the hours of 1pm and 3pm. Any BLHCC staff currently working on the day of testing will be first priority.
 All staff will be compensated with one hour of pay if tested on the date and time scheduled.
 If you work a PM Shift this day you may come closer to your shift so you don’t end up waiting to punch in.
Tested In AM: NOC Staff who worked night before
Red Group 1pm: Tonya, Lori S, Maria, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Katie Antonsen, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah
Green Group 1:20pm: Paula, Joy, Gabrielle, Caitlin, Cher, Misty, Denise, Maleena, Racheal, Kayloni, Vanessa E-P, Lisa
Blue Group 1:40pm: Wanda, Colleen, Hailey, Emma, Nancy, Shylah, Carolyn, Heidi, Jennie, Janet, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Morgan
Purple Group 2pm: Connie, Serena, Carrie, Sue B, Mariah, Ashley, Crystal, Joyce, Calissa, Monica, Lori F, Rhonda, Vanessa T
Pink Group 2:20pm: Sue Major, Cheyenne, Kayla, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna, Bo, Michelle, Randy, Ranell, Kenny, Vanessa B.
Yellow Group 2:40pm: Leslie, Shyann, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah, Presley, Megan, Natalie, Diane, Samantha
Therapy/Hospice: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Dawn, Jetta, Sherry, Elizabeth, Justin, Tyler, Miranda, Mary, Kim, Amy

10 26 2020 Testing Schedule.docx

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BLHCC and Westview Estates

Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update

October 23, 2020

ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT:

We have received the final results of our facility wide testing from Monday 10/19/20.  These were delayed in coming from the lab this week, as many of you have heard labs are seeing increased testing numbers and are trying to keep up with the demand.  We are currently using Mayo Clinic lab for all of our testing.  We have two new confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Both cases are staff members, no new resident/tenant cases.  The staff have mild symptoms and are home in self quarantine spending some quality time with their families and being monitored daily by the healthcare worker monitoring team from the Minnesota Department of Health.  We have no residents under precautions for symptoms of COVID-19 and all previous positive cases of COVID-19 have recovered and are doing well.  We are extremely blessed to be able to say that no one suffered the severe symptoms of COVID-19, and even more blessed, to have experienced no loss of life related to this terrible illness.

 

We will continue to test all staff/residents and tenants on weekly basis due to our county prevalence rate, and current outbreak status.  We also continue to require testing for any staff who show two or more symptoms of COVID-19, and place any residents that show symptoms under transmission based precautions pending the determination of a diagnosis for their symptoms.

 

Guidelines related to the Beauty Shop have changed.  Our Beauty Shop is open and will remain open to all non COVID-19 positive residents/tenants.  Anyone who shows any symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed in the Beauty Shop and will be placed on quarantine until they are confirmed COVID-19 negative.

 

We are also resuming socially distanced group activities and following all the recommendations related to infection control for these events.  We will be having a Scavenger Hunt outside of the building for kids on Halloween.  This is a way that even though the kids cannot come in, the residents will still be able to see the little ones in their costumes.  We will have individually packaged candy for the kids to pick up after they do the Scavenger Hunt on Saturday October 31st from 5pm-6pm.  Hopefully our weather cooperates.  Watch our Facebook page for more details.  We also continue to broadcast live entertainment, worship, devotions and movies over our facility wide TV channel (991) for residents that do not wish to be with the group.

 

We are excited to announce that we will be resuming essential care visits.  This means if you have been approved as an essential caregiver in the past you are welcome to call and set up a time to return to visit your loved one.  If you have not been approved and are wondering if you can visit please contact Michelle or Kendra at 320-833-5364.  In order to be able to maintain these visits it is extremely important that everyone follow the safety guidelines. These include:  scheduling the visit in advance, wearing the appropriate PPE at all times, entering door #13 and being screened, traveling straight to the resident’s room/apartment and exiting straight out door #13.  Also be sure to sign out when you leave and have the resident/tenant you are visiting wear a mask during your visit.  No eating during your visit please.

 

Indoor visits are on hold at this time.  We have a plan to begin these visits once we are all COVID-19 negative for 2 consecutive weeks.  These visits will be for anyone wishing to see a resident or tenant and will be set up though our website at www.blhcc.org.  These visits will take place in our new community room.  This room will have additional safety precautions, including added exhaust ventilation.  These visits will be supervised from a distance to maintain infection control precautions.  Window visits continue to be encouraged, at this time, the window should remain closed.  If you wish to schedule a video visit, please contact Lyn in Activities at 320-833-5364 ext. 36.

 

We deeply appreciate the sacrifices everyone has made to limit the impact of COVID-19 on our community and appreciate your patience.  Our entire team looks forward to welcoming everyone back to BLHCC, when guidance allows.  We continue to pray for health for all and healing for those affected.

 

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                                              Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

Weekly Update 10 23 20 (final Sent Out)

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BLHCC and Westview Estates

Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update

October 14, 2020

ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT:

We have received the final results of our facility wide testing from Monday 10/12/20.  We are so humbled to report we have no new confirmed cases of COVID-19.  We continue to monitor closely for symptoms, at this time, and test residents who show symptoms immediately using our rapid testing machine.  The staff that tested positive has now returned to work and is doing well.  We continue to monitor our positive residents/tenants, and if all goes well, they will also be off precautions by the end of the week.

 

We also know that we are not free of concern related to this virus.  COVID-19 has been known to show up in people up to 14 days after exposure.  Please know that we are taking all precautions to stop the spread of this virus and continue to follow meticulous infection control measures.  We will continue to test all staff/residents and tenants weekly at this time.  After 2 rounds of all negatives we will convert back to testing only staff on a weekly basis.

 

Per guidelines our beauty shop remains closed at this time and we are not doing any group activities.  Activities that continue include:  manicures, hallway Bingo, walks and 1:1 visits.  We are also broadcasting live entertainment, worship, devotions and movies over our facility wide TV channel (991).  At this time residents/tenants continue to eat in their rooms.  Many families are enjoying time doing Zoom calls or video chats with their loved ones.  If you wish to schedule a video visit, please contact Lyn in Activities at 320-833-5364 ext. 36

 

We are working with several teams from the Minnesota Department of Health and continue to follow their guidance and recommendations.

 

At this time, we are slowly resuming essential care visits, and we will be contacting you to let you know if you are allowed to come for an in-person visit.  In order to be able to maintain these visits it is extremely important that everyone follow the safety guidelines. These include:  scheduling the visit in advance, wearing the appropriate PPE at all times, entering door #13 and be screened, traveling straight to the resident’s room/apartment and exiting straight out door #13.  Also be sure to sign out when you leave and have the resident/tenant you are visiting wear a mask during your visit.

 

We are working through new guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health related to indoor visits for anyone who wishes to schedule a visit.  These visits will take place in our new community room.  This room will have additional safety precautions, including added exhaust ventilation.  For the indoor visits you will be entering the new front entry on Yellowstone Trail.  You will be required to wear a blue surgical mask and then be screened in by a staff member.  Please watch our website to sign up for these visits www.blhcc.org.  Window visits continue to be encouraged, at this time, the window should remain closed.

 

Also be sure to like us on Facebook for updates, photos and notifications.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.  We will continue to provide you with weekly updates and you will be notified directly if you or your loved one have tested positive.

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                                              Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 

 

Weekly Update 10 14 20

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Routine Staff Testing Schedule
October 12th 2020 from 1pm-3pm
 The time your group gets tested may change. We will do our best to keep the groups in this order for all dates of testing. Please alert Shyann Topel or your supervisor of any issues with scheduling. If you have requested the date of testing off or have taken PPL you will need to visit with Kendra Hiles DON to get tested before or after your day off. All staff must be tested. Refusing to test will result in being excluded from work until tested.
 Please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled time. Wear your PPE and practice 6 ft. social distancing. If there is a line of staff waiting to be tested, wait in your car.
 For testing day only – park outside of the East Asst. living entrance on Yellowstone Trail. Enter at Door #19. Testing will take place in the East Asst. Living Dining area.
 Therapists and Hospice personnel should arrive between the hours of 1pm and 3pm. Any BLHCC staff currently working on the day of testing will be first priority.
 All staff will be compensated with one hour of pay if tested on the date and time scheduled.
 If you work a PM Shift this day you may come closer to your shift so you don’t end up waiting to punch in.

 

Red Group 1pm: Julie M, Lori S, Maria, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Katie Antonsen, Sharon, Traci
Green Group 1:20pm: Paula, Joy, Gabrielle, Caitlin, Cher, Misty, Denise, Maleena, Racheal, Kayloni, Vanessa E-P, Lisa, Krissy M.
Blue Group 1:40pm: Wanda, Colleen, Hailey, Emma, Nancy, Shylah, Carolyn, Heidi, Jennie, Janet, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Morgan
Purple Group 2pm: Connie, Serena, Carrie, Sue B, Mariah, Ashley, Crystal, Joyce, Calissa, Monica, Lori F, Rhonda, Vanessa T
Pink Group 2:20pm: Sue Major, Cheyenne, Kayla, Lacy, Marty, Sue McColley, Jonna, Bo, Michelle, Randy, Ranell, Kenny
Yellow Group 2:40pm: Leslie, Shyann, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah, Presley, Steffany, Roxanne, Megan, Natalie, Diane
Therapy/Hospice: Lynette, Tyler, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry, Miranda, Mary, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Dawn, Jetta, Sherry, Elizabeth, Justin

10 12 2020 Testing Schedule

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BLHCC and Westview Estates

Staff Covid-19 Update

October 7, 2020

 

ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT:

The final results of our facility wide testing from Monday are in.  We have 5 total confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Three are assisted living tenants and one positive case in a nursing home resident, all of which we are monitoring closely at this time.  We also have the one confirmed staff from last week that is home monitoring symptoms.  We feel proud to say that all other staff have tested negative this week.

 

Please know that we are taking all precautions to stop the spread of this virus.  We are currently conducting contact tracing related to potential exposure.  Please be sure to answer any calls you may receive from us or return our calls promptly.  We continue to screen all staff at the beginning and end of shifts per guidelines and monitor all residents twice a day for any symptoms.

 

We are working with several teams from the Minnesota Department of Health.

 

Our priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy, and have open, honest communication about our status.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.  We will continue to provide you with weekly updates and you will be notified directly if you or your loved one have tested positive.

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                         Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

COVID Confirmed Staff Resident Letter 10 7 2020

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BLHCC and Westview Estates

Staff COVID-19 Update

October 2, 2020

ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT: We have been notified of a positive staff case of COVID-19 in our building, this is in addition to the presumptive positive resident case. Please know that we are taking all precautions to stop the spread of this virus.  We are currently conducting contact tracing related to potential exposure and screening all staff at the beginning and end of shifts per guidelines.

 

At this time our facility will now become a facility listed as an outbreak facility on the Minnesota Department of Health website.  This information is updated weekly and you may not see our name on this list until next week.

 

Our priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy and have open, honest communication about our status.  We are working in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps at this time.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Mark Rust and Kendra Hiles

BLHCC Positive Staff COVID Staff Resident Letter 10 2 2020

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Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center and Westview Estates

COVID-19 Update

October 2, 2020

ALL STAFF ALERT: We have been notified of a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in our building. Because our facility has had no cases of COVID-19 so far, the positive test is presumptive and we are seeking laboratory confirmation. Please know that we are taking all precautions to stop the spread of this virus.

 

Our priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy. We are working in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps at this time.

 

We understand that this information may make you anxious, scared, or worried. Please know that all of you have done everything you can to keep COVID-19 at bay for as long as possible. We have always stated that “it’s not if, it’s when”. With that mentality the incident command team has developed plans and practices that will help to stop the spread of COVID-19 and will keep staff and residents safe. Going forward all staff and residents will be tested for COVID-19 on October 5th, each staff member will be interviewed to assess exposure, and PPE breeches will be required at the end of every shift.

 

What you can do: As we respond to this development, we remind everyone of the following:

  • Continue to use the infection control training and practices you already implement each day. We will inform you if any additional measures need to be taken.
  • All staff screening will continue. Please ask about each symptom separately and ensure the person you are screening is wearing their eye protection and mask appropriately.
  • Please remember to take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest and reach out to a supervisor, co-worker, friend or family member if you are feeling over whelmed.
  • Our residents/tenants and their families may also be feeling stressed and concerned. We are sharing updates with them as needed, but please use your training to help them in a positive way.
  • Avoid sharing or spreading misinformation or private information protected by HIPAA. Please refer any one with questions to call the facility or look on our website for the most recent updates/changes.
  • If you have questions or concerns, contact your supervisor.
  • Wear your mask and be careful while you are in public. You are not only protecting yourself but your loved ones and those you serve at BLHCC and Westview Estates

 

Next steps: We will continue to update you on important news, emerging issues, or changes to scheduling or staffing via these text messages.

We appreciate all that you do to ensure a safe, clean environment for all who live and work here. We cannot express our immense gratitude for your tireless dedication to provide quality care and compassionate support to the residents/tenants you serve and your co-workers.

 

Thank you for your commitment and care during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Mark Rust and Kendra Hiles

BLHCC Presumptive Positive COVID Staff Letter 10 2 2020 

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New Insurance Forms for Testing on October 5th

Please fill out a new insurance form and bring to testing on Monday. Paper copies are in the old break room.

Sorry for all the inconveniences.

Thanks for ALL YOU DO!

Click Here for Testing Registration Form 10 2 2020

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Click HERE for a pdf copy Routine Testing

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Routine Staff Testing Schedule
October 5th 2020 from 1pm-3pm
 The time your group gets tested may change. We will do our best to keep the groups in
this order for all dates of testing. Please alert Shyann Topel or your supervisor of any
issues with scheduling. If you have requested the date of testing off or have taken PPL
you will need to visit with Kendra Hiles DON to get tested before or after your day off.
All staff must be tested. Refusing to test will result in being excluded from work until
tested.

 Please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled time. Wear your PPE and practice 6 ft.
social distancing. If there is a line of staff waiting to be tested, wait in your car.

 For testing day only – park outside of the East Asst. living entrance on Yellowstone Trail. Enter at
Door #19. Testing will take place in the East Asst Living Dining area.

 Therapists and Hospice personnel should arrive between the hours of 1pm and 3pm. Any BLHCC
staff currently working on the day of testing will be first priority.

 All staff will be compensated with one hour of pay if tested on the date and time scheduled. If you are scheduled at the same time as a coworker and you are both working, please take
turns so your wing/position is covered.

 If your insurance information was incorrect you may be asked to fill out a new form.

Red Group 1pm: Julie M, Lori S, Maria, Tim , Lori P , Janice , Melly , Angela , Joni ,
Pam , Katie Antonsen, Sharon, Traci

Green Group 1:20pm: Paula, Joy, Gabrielle, Caitlin, Cher, Misty, Denise, Maleena,
Racheal, Kayloni, Vanessa E-P, Lisa, Courtney

Blue Group 1:40pm: Wanda, Colleen, Hailey, Emma, Nancy, Shylah, Carolyn,
Heidi, Jennie, Janet, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Morgan

Purple Group 2pm: Connie, Serena, Carrie, Sue B, Mariah, Ashley, Crystal, Joyce,
Calissa, Monica, Lori F, Rhonda, Vanessa T

Pink Group 2:20pm: Sue Major, Cheyenne, Kayla, Lacy, Marty, Chrystal M, Sue
McColley, Jonna, Bo, Michelle, Randy, Ranell, Kenny

Yellow Group 2:40pm: Leslie, Shyann, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah, Presley,
Steffany, Roxanne, Megan, Natalie, Diane

Therapy/Hospice: Lynette, Tyler, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry, Miranda, Mary, Shelby,
Bev

Click HERE for 10/5/2020 Testing Schedule

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Archived Updates

Click HERE for a PDF copy of 9/24/20 notice

Click HERE for a PDF copy of testing schedule

Click HERE for a PDF copy of the consent form

Click HERE for a PDF copy of the registration/insurance form

Covid-19 9-10-2020 Staff Letter 

Hotline PDF Copy


Educare PDF

July 24th PDF copy

Click HERE for a PDF copy July 13

Click HERE for SignUpGenius step by step instruction

June 25th Update

Download a pdf of our June 10, 2020 update

Download a pdf of our May 29, 2020 update

Download a pdf of our May 18, 2020 update

5/15/2020: Download the pdf of this update.

Staff Screening Instructions 5/5/2020

Home Made Masks For Staff At Home 5/5/2020

Eye Protection For All Staff 5/5/2020

COVID Testing Site Information 5/5/2020

Download a pdf of our May 4, 2020 update

 

Download a pdf of our April 10, 2020 update

Click Here for April 6th PDF

Click here  March 29th PDF