Coronavirus COVID-19 Information
A Note From Us
Catholic Eldercare is grateful for the opportunity to care for our older adults. We realize our seniors are most at risk for complications from this virus. We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Our priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy during this public health crisis.
Our Communication Plan
Catholic Eldercare is committed to open, transparent communication.
As information becomes available we communicate using phone calls, emails, our hotline and weekly letters posted to our website.
Following specific guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), we are notifying residents, their representatives and families of new positive confirmed COVID-19 infection and/or three or more residents or staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms occurring within 72 hours of each other. This is provided via our hotline (612) 362-2411 which is updated daily by 5 p.m.
As guidelines change our site will be updated accordingly to assure you are receiving proper information.
Call our hotline (612) 362-2411 for a daily update on single confirmed infections in 24 hrs. or a new onset of symptoms in residents or staff within past 72 hrs.
Read current updates from Catholic Eldercare by downloading the below PDFs.
- February 26 Letter for Nursing Home
- February 19 Letter for Nursing Home
- February 26 Letter for Housing
- February 19 letter for Housing
Please read through our answers to common questions regarding the COVID-19 virus and how we are managing the care of you loved ones.
We have designated a section in our long term care center to isolate any resident within our continuum with a lab confirmed positive COVID-19.
Yes it is difficult. Nursing staff as well as ancillary staff (recreation, social service, pastoral care) are helping to keep residents separated by 6 feet if they do not remain in their room.
All staff are actively screened upon entry to our buildings and are excluded if they have illness symptoms or fever. We are actively testing staff in the care center per Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines at a set frequency based on our county positivity rate. Our goal by testing is to identify asymptomatic individuals - meaning people with the virus but showing no symptoms - to mitigate the spread unknowingly. In our care center and housing communities, we test all house (staff and residents) in the event of an outbreak as directred by the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines.
Temperatures are taken twice daily and continual monitoring for respiratory symptoms or other change in condition.
Yes that is a great idea. Please advise the nurse manager on the floor your family member resides once you order so we can watch for the package to arrive and take proper precautions.
All house testing (testing residents and staff) is used if an outbreak is identified. Our goal by testing is to identify asymptomatic individuals - meaning people with the virus but showing no symptoms - to mitigate the spread unknowingly.
Compassionate care is limited to end of life situations and is unique to the individual and family situation. Visits are limited to one visitor at a time and for a brief time period. Visitor would be required to be screened and if screening is passed will be escorted to the room for visitation wearing personal protective equipment that staff are required to wear. Visits are arranged by either the Social Worker or Nurse Manger on the unit the resident resides.