CRMC is committed to providing the highest standards of care for patients and residents across its campus. Staff continue this work during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of ongoing efforts to keep residents, families, and the community informed, we have created this section on our website to give you updated information on COVID-19 activity in the Care Center. This information includes:
- Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Care Center residents
- Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Care Center staff
- Information on residents with any new onset respiratory symptoms that have been reported/identified through daily screening processes
- Information on staff with any new onset respiratory symptoms that have been reported/identified through daily screening processes
This information will be updated weekly on Monday and more frequently as needed. The following provides information and action steps we have taken to help prevent or mitigate the spread of this virus.
Since the pandemic first reached the United States, CRMC’s Care Center has been coordinating with industry leaders and public health officials to establish clear safeguards and protocols to prevent transmission of the virus within our senior care facilities. These aggressive efforts include:
- policies to limit outside visitors,
- suspension of group activities,
- embracing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including requiring employees to wear masks at all times, increased hand washing, increased cleaning of buildings, and using personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with residents, tenants, or clients who require protection,
- twice daily screening of residents for symptoms
The Care Center also created a COVID unit on Skyview. In the past, Skyview was dedicated primarily to the short-stay residents; those residents now needing skilled services will remain in the hospital in a swing bed status. Skyview is being used to isolate those with symptoms and/or active COVID. In addition, there are three rooms on Skyview with negative air that are prepared to manage residents who are being monitored for respiratory medical needs and signs/symptoms of COVID, as well as to care for any confirmed COVID cases.
Senior citizens and those who live in communal settings are at greater risk of infection during this pandemic. As the virus spreads, the potential exists that some seniors and caregivers could be impacted despite the protections we have in place.
With any residents or staff who test positive for COVID-19, we work with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the CDC on the best course of action to prevent the spread of the illness.
We are so appreciative for our staff who come every day who have dedicated their working lives to caring for others, even in times of COVID. Thank you also to our residents, families, and communities for your continued support as we navigate this uncharted territory.
Date: June 8, 2021
We wanted to provide an update to our residents and their family members on the COVID status in our facility. Our facility is in outbreak status, as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health as having one or more COVID-19 positive tests in either staff or residents. All residents and staff must be COVID tested at intervals of every 3-7 days. To clear outbreak status, we must have 14-consecutive days of negative COVID tests for residents and staff. Our last positive test was on June 1, 2021.
On Friday, June 4, 2021, and Monday, June 7, 2021, we conducted COVID-19 testing for our residents. We are happy to report all test results were negative. We will be moving to weekly testing for residents with the next test scheduled for Monday, June 14, 2021. We continue to have a few remaining residents on the separate unit on the Skyview wing with transmission-based precautions in place. We are following CDC and MDH guidance for isolation/quarantine periods.
Our Care Center staff were tested on Monday, June 7, 2021, with all negative results. Crow Wing County positivity rate is 5.1% (considered moderate risk). Our staff will be tested next on Monday, June 14, 2021
Our main dining room resumed normal operations last evening. Tables in the main dining room remain 6-feet apart with one resident per table. Our Care Center Activities team plans to resume group activities this week. Residents will be asked to wear masks in hallways to and from dining and activities. Masks will be also be required during group activities.
With our facility still in outbreak status, indoor visitation by appointment remains suspended. If you are an Essential Caregiver, please spend extra time and attention to performing good hand hygiene while in the facility. We ask that you wear your isolation mask and eye protection while in the building. Interactions in the building should be limited to your loved one only. Please refrain from visiting your loved ones if they have tested positive for COVID and are in transmission-based precautions (isolation). We are limiting Essential Caregiver visitation on the Skyview wing (residents with active COVID) to those with end-of-life visits only.
Our team remains dedicated to caring for your loved ones. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Daren Rife at 218-546-2306 or Sheila Miller at 218-545-2019 with any questions.
Daren Rife, LNHA, HSE
Sheila Miller, BSN, RN PHN
Director of Nursing
Cuyuna Regional Care Center
Crosby, MN 56441