Update regarding visitors:
We know many of you are concerned about the spread of novel coronoavirus ( COVID-19 ) and how it may impact our communities. Although we have not identified any cases of COVID-19 in our facilities, it is our responsibility to be prepared. Protecting our residents’ health and safety is our top priority. Therefore, we have made the decision to follow the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommendations on visitation and begin restricting visitors to our campuses.
What this means for you:
- We will begin screening all visitors when they enter the facility
- The screening will include:
o Requesting you wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
when you arrive
o Asking you several questions regarding any respiratory symptoms you may be
experiencing and/or any recent travel you have done
o Discouraging routine social visits
As always, we encourage you not to visit if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness.
We recognize that maintaining contact with your loved one(s) is important and we will make
every effort to facilitate communication via phone calls, texts, emails, and video chats.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.
While we do not have any cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at any of our communities, we are taking necessary precautions to keep the health, wellness and safety of residents and staff our number one priority. We are taking steps now to prevent this illness and be positioned to respond quickly and effectively should it impact our communities.
Eventide has an active COVID-19 Task Force who are meeting regularly and are in direct conversations with official resources to stay informed with the latest information. We are closely monitoring the latest information from the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and we are working with state and local public health and emergency preparedness officials to strengthen our preparation for a possible outbreak of COVID-19.
We have emergency preparedness and infection prevention and control plans in place, which address how we prepare for and manage infectious disease outbreaks. We have incorporated new information on COVID-19 into those procedures. Our staff are trained in infection control practices and follow established protocols based on that training. This being flu season, staff already have a heightened awareness of the risks posed to our residents/tenants by respiratory illnesses and the vital importance of effective infection control practices. However, we have increased our training and retraining efforts in this area.
We are actively educating staff, residents and families on symptom awareness for COVID-19 and have clear protocols for staff to stay home and not come to work if they are ill or symptomatic. We may need to postpone activities, screen visitors or limit visitor access.
You are a key partner in keeping yourself and others healthy—wash your hands often; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and if you are feeling ill, we ask that you not visit at this time. If you have signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection such as fever, cough and/or sore throat or if you have traveled internationally in the past 14 days or come in contact with someone who has, please delay your visit to our communities.
Additional information from the CDC is available at www.cdc.gov/COVID19
Here are helpful documents from the CDC to help answer questions:
Each campus has an Infection Preventionist on site who is available to answer any questions you may have:
Eventide on Eighth/ Eventide Fairmont in Moorhead
Ashley Best: 218-291-2280
Maggie Richardson: 701-478-1807
Eventide Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo
Justine Winterowd: 701-478-9362
Judy Gerntholz: 701- 952-3422.
Eventide Heartland in Devils Lake
Farrah Trottier: 701-665-1413
Eventide Downtown in Devils Lake
Christy Sprenger: 701-665-1413