The Home on 8th has reported one new case in a staff member to the Minnesota Department of Health and local Public Health. The staff member did have interaction with residents on 2nd neighborhood in Heritage Rehabilitation. The staff member was wearing appropriate PPE during those interactions. Any staff caring for residents on 2nd neighborhood in Heritage will be wearing all the proper personal protective equipment such as a surgical mask, isolation gown, eye protection and gloves. Out of precaution, we have now implemented screening three (3) times daily for those residents.
With this positive case, we are considered to have an outbreak and will need to test all residents in Cityview and Heritage Rehabilitation weekly until testing identifies no new cases of COVID-19 infection among staff or residents for a period of at least 14 days since the most recent positive result.
Due to Olmsted County’s positivity rate increasing to over 5%, all staff will be tested weekly going forward until that percentage has changed.
Our top priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy. We continue to follow CDC and MDH recommendations and are in contact with them as we work though these new cases of COVID-19. We are working with Mayo clinic on conducting testing of staff and residents with potential exposure in the neighborhood.
Please know we are doing everything we can to stop the spread of this virus.
Please reach out to us if you have further questions at 507-289-4031 and ask for Kyla Berg or Dee Erbe-Shea.
Visit our COVID19 Webpage at www.samaritanbethany.com/covid-19/ for the most recent communications and updates.