Dear friends and families,
We began posting our COVID-19 updates on April 20 in an effort to give our families and friends a place to refer to for up-to-date information. This transparency has been appreciated by those interested in what is going on in our communities during this challenging time.
Since we began posting these updates, we have stated that we would not give information on deaths due to confidentiality and respect for residents and their families. Providing numbers on deaths in our communities could provide “identifiable qualities” when read alongside local obituaries. However, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Minnesota Department of Health have released this information, albeit with numerous errors. We feel our only choice is to release this data to provide accuracy.
You will notice below that none of our North Dakota locations currently have any COVID-19 positive residents. Eventide Fargo at one point had 14 positive residents, but now report no active cases. We believe the vast difference in numbers between Eventide Fargo and Eventide on Eighth today is due to the initial lag in testing we experienced with the Minnesota Department of Health. Immediately after the confirmation of the first case at Eventide Fargo, regular widespread testing of residents and staff began. The Minnesota Department of Health did not provide widespread testing at Eventide on Eighth until May 13, even though the first case was reported on April 17. The early, routine testing in our North Dakota facilities have proven key to mitigating the virus due to identifying asymptomatic cases. For the past three weeks, Eventide on Eighth has been able to do weekly testing and will continue to do so.
Many of those who come to live in our care centers have chronic, underlying health conditions, and in some cases they are terminal and on hospice care. The COVID-19 virus has been especially threatening to those who are on end-of-life care, although we have had hospice patients recover. Our condolences and prayers go out to our resident families who have lost their loved ones to COVID-19, and to all of our resident families who have lost loved ones. Caring for people at the end of their lives is what we do, but that does not make any of our residents less of an individual with a unique story. Please know that your loved one is more than a number to us, each of them matter.
The following is an update of active* cases, recoveries, and deaths at our locations:
Eventide Fargo Care Center: 0 active residents, 8 resident recoveries, 6 resident deaths, 4 active staff, 15 staff recoveries.
Eventide Fargo Senior Living Apartments: 0 active residents, 1 resident recovery, no resident deaths, 1 active staff, 2 staff recoveries.
Eventide Sheyenne Crossings Care Center in West Fargo: 0 active residents, 1 resident recovery, no resident deaths, 1 active staff, 3 staff recoveries.
Eventide Sheyenne Crossings Senior Living Apartments: 0 active residents, 1 active staff, 2 staff recoveries.
Eventide on Eighth Care Center in Moorhead: 20 active residents, 15 resident recoveries, 15 resident deaths, 30 active staff, 16 staff recoveries.
The Linden at Eventide on Eighth Senior Living Apartments: 0 active cases, 1 resident recovery.
Eventide Fairmont in Moorhead: 0 active residents, 2 active staff.
Eventide Jamestown Care Center: 0 active residents, 3 active staff, 1 staff recovery.
The Heights at Eventide Jamestown Senior Living Apartments: No cases.
Eventide Heartland Care Center in Devils Lake: No cases.
Eventide Heartland Courts in Devils Lake: 0 active residents, 1 active staff.
Eventide Downtown Care Center in Devils Lake: 0 active residents, 1 resident recovery, 1 resident death, 0 active staff.
Eventide Lake Country Manor Basic Care in Devils Lake: No cases.
Jon Riewer, President and CEO
*The cases reported on the North Dakota Health site are considered active if a resident or staff member have tested positive, but are no longer counted as an active case after 10 days. Eventide follows the CDC test-based strategy which classifies residents as recovered after two consecutive negative tests. Please refer to our updates for accurate information on Eventide’s active cases.