Coronavirus Advisory

Update:  6/2/2020

We remain committed to sharing the most up-to-date information in regard to the Coronavirus situation here at our community. As part of our global testing of residents and employees within healthcare, since our last communication, we received notification that one employee within healthcare tested positive for COVID-19. 

As of today, June 2, we have had a cumulative total of 40 cases of COVID-19. Within skilled nursing, 21 residents have tested positive, 2 residents within assisted living and 17 employees within healthcare have tested positive. One resident in assisted living and nine residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in these numbers.

We remain in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our updated infection control protocols follow guidance from MDH, along with the CMS and CDC which include: 

  • Testing all skilled and assisted living residents for COVID-19.
  • Testing all healthcare employees for COVID-19.
  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control. 

We thank our employees for their commitment to serving and caring for our residents and we thank our residents for your ongoing support and prayers.

Update:  6/1/2020

We remain committed to sharing the most up-to-date information with you in regard to the Coronavirus situation here at our community. Since our last communication, we learned that one employee within healthcare has tested positive for COVID-19.  And, we were saddened to learn the one skilled nursing resident and one assisted living resident have passed away. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with their loved ones.

As of today, June 1, we have had a cumulative total of 39 cases of COVID-19. Within skilled nursing, 21 residents have tested positive, 2 residents within assisted living and 16 employees within healthcare have tested positive. One resident in assisted living and nine residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

We remain in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our updated infection control protocols follow guidance from MDH, along with the CMS and CDC which include: 

  • Testing all skilled and assisted living residents for COVID-19.
  • Testing all healthcare employees for COVID-19.
  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control. 

The health and safety of our residents and employees is our highest priority. Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers.

Community Update:  5/29/2020

We remain committed to sharing the most up-to-date information with you in regards to the Coronavirus situation here at our community. Since our last communication, we were notified that one resident in skilled nursing has tested positive for COVID-19.

As of today, May 29, we have had a cumulative total of 38 cases of COVID-19. Within skilled nursing, 21 residents have tested positive, 2 residents within assisted living and 15 employees within healthcare have tested positive. Eight residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

We remain in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our updated infection control protocols follow guidance from MDH, along with the CMS and CDC which include: 

  • Testing all skilled and assisted living residents for COVID-19.
  • Testing all healthcare employees for COVID-19.
  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control. 

The health and safety of our residents and employees is our highest priority.

Update:  5/28/2020

We remain committed to sharing the most up-to-date information with residents, family members and employees in regards to the Coronavirus situation here at our community. Since our last communication, we were notified that one resident in skilled nursing has tested positive for COVID-19.

As of today, May 28, we have had a cumulative total of 38 cases of COVID-19. Within skilled nursing, 21 residents have tested positive, 2 residents within assisted living and 15 employees within healthcare have tested positive. Eight residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

We remain in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our updated infection control protocols follow guidance from MDH, along with the CMS and CDC which include: 

  • Testing all skilled and assisted living residents for COVID-19.
  • Testing all healthcare employees for COVID-19.
  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control. 

The health and safety of our residents and employees is our highest priority. We appreciate the ongoing vigilance of everyone for their help in preventing the spread of this virus. Please join us in continued prayers for all individuals and their family members who’ve been impacted by the virus during this time.

Update:  5/27/2020

We remain committed to sharing information with you regarding the COVID-19 situation and all of the precautionary measures enacted to prevent any spread of the virus at our community.

Under reporting requirements by the state health department and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), we are providing an update regarding any information as it relates to the current Coronavirus situation.

CMS guidelines also state reporting requirements of when three residents and/or employees exhibit respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other. As of today, May 27 we have three employees that are experiencing respiratory symptoms.

It has been our commitment to share with all residents, family members and employees if there has been a positive COVID-19 case at our community. As of today, May 27, we have had a cumulative total of 37 cases of COVID-19. Within skilled nursing, 20 residents have tested positive, 2 residents within assisted living and 15 employees within healthcare have tested positive. Eight residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number. These totals have all previously been shared.

We maintain close contact with both the county and state health departments regarding the latest information and updates, along with CMS and CDC, and per these communications, our updated infection control protocols include: 

  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we following CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For any possible healthcare resident with a confirmed COVID-19 case, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All healthcare resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening; healthcare employees are screened at the beginning of their shifts. If anyone fails the screening, they are NOT allowed to enter. 

The health and safety of our residents and employees is our highest priority.

Update:  5/26/2020

We remain committed to sharing the most up-to-date information with residents, family members and employees in regards to the Coronavirus situation here at our community. Since our last communication, we were saddened to learn that one resident in skilled nursing has passed away. Our prayers are with the family of this individual.

As of today, May 26, we have had a cumulative total of 37 cases of COVID-19. Within skilled nursing, 20 residents have tested positive, 2 residents within assisted living and 15 employees within healthcare have tested positive. Eight residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

We remain in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our updated infection control protocols follow guidance from MDH, along with the CMS and CDC which include: 

  • Testing all skilled and assisted living residents for COVID-19.
  • Testing all healthcare employees for COVID-19.
  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control. 

Our prayers are continued for all individuals and their family members who’ve been impacted by this virus.

Update:  5/24/2020

We received additional test results from the COVID-19 testing of residents and employees within healthcare. Since the last update, we learned that one resident in skilled nursing and four employees in healthcare have tested positive for the Coronavirus. In addition, we were saddened to learn that one resident from skilled nursing has passed away. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with the family.

As of today, May 24, we have had a cumulative total of 37 cases of COVID-19. Within skilled nursing, 20 residents have tested positive, 2 residents within assisted living and 15 employees within healthcare have tested positive. Seven residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

We remain in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our updated infection control protocols follow guidance from MDH, along with the CMS and CDC which include: 

  • Testing all skilled and assisted living residents for COVID-19.
  • Testing all healthcare employees for COVID-19.
  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control. 

Your ongoing support is most appreciated and especially in doing your part to help prevent the spread of the virus through your sacrifices.

Update:  5/23/2020

As any positive results from the COVID-19 testing of residents and employees within healthcare are returned, our commitment is to share the latest information. Since the last update, we learned that, three employees in healthcare have tested positive for the Coronavirus.

As of today, May 23, we have had a cumulative total of 32 cases of COVID-19. Within skilled nursing, 19 residents have tested positive, 2 residents within assisted living and 11 employees within healthcare have tested positive. Six residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

We remain in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our updated infection control protocols follow guidance from MDH, along with the CMS and CDC which include: 

  • Testing all skilled and assisted living residents for COVID-19.
  • Testing all healthcare employees for COVID-19.
  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control. 

We thank all of our employees for their commitment and passion to care for and serve our residents. And, we thank our residents for their words of encouragement and prayers.

Corporate Update:  5/22/2020

Read the full 5/22/2020 statement by Terri Cunliffe here

Community Update:  5/22/2020

As any positive results from the COVID-19 testing of residents within healthcare are returned, our commitment is to share the latest information with you. Since the last update, we learned that two residents in assisted living have tested positive. In addition, two employees in healthcare have tested positive for the Coronavirus.

As of today, May 22, we have had a cumulative total of 29 cases of COVID-19. Within skilled nursing, 19 residents have tested positive, 2 residents within assisted living and 8 employees within healthcare have tested positive. Six residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

CMS guidelines also state reporting requirements of when three residents and/or employees exhibit respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other. As of today, we have 5 employees that are experiencing respiratory symptoms.

We remain in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our updated infection control protocols follow guidance from MDH, along with the CMS and CDC which include: 

  • Testing all skilled and assisted living residents for COVID-19.
  • Testing all healthcare employees for COVID-19.
  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control. 

Please join us in praying for all who are impacted by the Coronavirus and we thank you for your ongoing words of encouragement.

Update:  5/21/2020

As any positive results from the COVID-19 testing of residents within healthcare are returned, our commitment is to share the latest information. Since the last update, we learned that two additional residents who were asymptomatic within skilled nursing have tested positive. We were also saddened to learn that one resident in skilled nursing has passed away. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with the family.

As of today, May 21, we have had a cumulative total of 25 cases of COVID-19. Within skilled nursing, 19 residents have tested positive and six employees within healthcare. Six residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

CMS guidelines also state reporting requirements of when three residents and/or employees exhibit respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other. As of today, we have 3 employees that are experiencing respiratory symptoms.

We remain in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our updated infection control protocols follow guidance from MDH, along with the CMS and CDC which include: 

  • Testing all skilled and assisted living residents for COVID-19.
  • Testing all healthcare employees for COVID-19.
  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control. 

We appreciate your ongoing support and prayers.

Update:  5/20/2020

Our focus and highest priority at Covenant Living of Golden Valley is to maintain the health and safety of our residents and employees during the Coronavirus pandemic. And, our ongoing commitment is to provide information on the status of our current situation.

Since the last update, we learned that eight residents, all of whom were asymptomatic, within skilled nursing have tested positive for COVID-19. The increase in cases comes from testing among all residents within healthcare. We are awaiting additional results.

As of today, May 20, we have had a cumulative total of 23 cases of COVID-19. Seventeen residents within skilled nursing, and six employees within healthcare. Five residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

We remain in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our updated infection control protocols follow guidance from MDH, along with the CMS and CDC which include: 

  • Testing all skilled and assisted living residents for COVID-19.
  • Testing all healthcare employees for COVID-19.
  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control. 

Please join us in continued prayers for all of those impacted by the virus and thank you for your ongoing support during this time.

Update:  5/19/2020

Our ongoing commitment is to provide residents, family members and employees with the latest information regarding the Coronavirus situation at Covenant Living of Golden Valley. Since the last update, we learned that two employees within skilled nursing have tested positive for COVID-19 and we were saddened to learn that one resident within skilled nursing has passed away. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with the family of this individual.

As of today, May 19, we have had a cumulative total of 15 cases of COVID-19. Nine residents within skilled nursing, and six employees within healthcare. Five residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

We remain in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our updated infection control protocols follow guidance from MDH, along with the CMS and CDC which include: 

  • Testing all skilled and assisted living residents for COVID-19.
  • Testing all healthcare employees for COVID-19
  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers.

Update:  5/17/2020

We remain committed to sharing the most up-to-date information with residents, family members and employees in regards to the Coronavirus situation here at Covenant Living of Golden Valley.

Since the last update, we learned that one resident within skilled nursing has tested positive for COVID-19.  As of today, May 17, we have had a cumulative total of 13 cases of COVID-19. Nine residents within skilled nursing, and four employees within healthcare. Four residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

We remain in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our infection control protocols follow guidance from MDH, along with the CMS and CDC which include: 

  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control. 

Your prayers, words of encouragement, and the commitment of our employees make us stronger in the fight against this virus.

Update:  5/15/2020

The health and safety of our residents and employees is our highest priority and our commitment is to always keep them informed of what is happening at the community—especially as it relates to the current environment with Coronavirus.

Since the last update, we learned that two residents within skilled nursing have tested positive for COVID-19.  As of today, May 15, we have had a cumulative total of 12 cases of COVID-19. Eight within skilled nursing, and four employees within healthcare. Four residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

We remain in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our infection control protocols follow guidance from MDH, along with the CMS and CDC which include: 

  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control.

Update:  5/14/2020

Information regarding the Coronavirus continues to evolve and we are providing residents, family members and employees with the latest of what the situation is at Covenant Living of Golden Valley. From the onset, we have worked to be diligent and open in providing information whenever we learned of new cases at our community.

Since the last update, we learned that one resident within skilled nursing has tested positive for COVID-19.  As of today, May 14, we have had a cumulative total of 10 cases of COVID-19. Six within skilled nursing, and four employees within healthcare. Four residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

We remain in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our infection control protocols follow guidance from MDH, along with the CMS and CDC which include: 

  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control.

We understand this is a trying time in our nation and at home. We thank all of our employees for their commitment to caring and serving our residents. And we thank our residents for their ongoing support and prayers.

Update:  5/13/2020

Covenant Living of Golden Valley continues to navigate the ever-changing dynamics of the Coronavirus. Our employees, at every level, have been working tirelessly to maintain the care and support for all of our residents. From those within health care, dining services, housekeeping, facilities to those in administration. We cannot thank them enough for their passion and commitment to help in preventing the spread of this virus.

We have learned that there have been additional reported cases of individuals at our community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Since the last update on May 11, we learned that one more employee within healthcare has tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, we were deeply saddened to learn that one resident in skilled nursing has passed away. Our prayers and condolences are with the family of this individual.

As of today, May 13, we have had a cumulative total of 9 cases of COVID-19. Five within skilled nursing, and four employees within healthcare. Four residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

We remain in close contact with local and state health departments and continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

As a reminder, our infection control protocols follow guidance from local and state health departments, along with the CMS and CDC include: 

  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control. 

We continue to pray for those impacted by this virus. Thanks to our residents and employees for their support—together our combined vigilance will carry us through.

Update:  5/11/2020

Information regarding the Coronavirus continues to evolve and we are providing residents, family members and employees with the latest of what the situation is at Covenant Living of Golden Valley.

Since our last communication on May 9, we learned that one resident in skilled nursing has tested positive for COVID-19 and two employees within healthcare. We were saddened to learn that one resident in skilled nursing has passed away. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with the family of this individual.

As of today, May 11, we have had a cumulative total of 8 cases of COVID-19. Five within skilled nursing, and three employees within healthcare. Three residents (one of which was an outside admission) in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

We continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

It is important to note our infection control protocols follow guidance from local and state health departments, along with the CMS and CDC include: 

  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control.

We continue to pray for those impacted by this virus.

Update:  5/9/2020

We remain committed to sharing information with residents, family members and employees regarding the Coronavirus situation and all of the precautionary measures enacted to prevent any spread of the virus at our community. Since our last communication, we learned that one resident in skilled nursing has tested positive for COVID-19 and one healthcare employee.

As of today, May 9, we have had a cumulative total of 5 cases of COVID-19. Three within skilled nursing, and two employees within healthcare. Two residents in skilled nursing who passed away are included in this number.

We continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

Our infection control protocols, which follow guidance from local and state health departments, along with the CMS and CDC include: 

  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we follow CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control.

During this National Nurses Week, we thank all of our healthcare providers at Covenant Living of Golden Valley. Their dedication and commitment in serving and caring for residents is unmeasurable. Our prayers are continued for all individuals and their family members who’ve been impacted by this virus.

Update:  5/8/2020

Read the full 5/8/2020 statement by Terri Cunliffe here.

Update:  5/6/2020

Our ongoing commitment is to provide residents, family members and employees with the latest information regarding the Coronavirus situation at Covenant Living of Golden Valley. Since our last communication on May 4, we are saddened to have learned that one of our skilled nursing residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 and has been on hospice has passed away. Our deepest condolences and prayers are with their family and loved ones. This individual was part of the Covenant Living family and will be missed.

To date, since April 21, we have had a cumulative total of 3 cases of COVID-19. Two within skilled nursing, and one employee within healthcare. The resident who passed away is included in this number.

We continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

We cannot thank our employees enough for the commitment of serving and caring for our residents each and every day. And we thank our residents and family members for their patience, support and understanding of the situation we are facing, not only here, but across the nation.

Our prayers are continued for all individuals and their family members who’ve been impacted by this virus.

Update:  5/4/2020

Information regarding the Coronavirus continues to evolve and we are providing our residents, family members and employees with the latest of what the situation is at Covenant Living of Golden Valley. From the onset, we have worked to be diligent and open in providing information whenever we learned of new cases at our community.

Since our last communication on May 2, we learned that an employee within healthcare has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation at home. This employee has not worked at the community since last Tuesday, April 28. 

The new case has been reported to local and state health authorities. We continue to work closely with them regarding guidance on infection control protocols in addition to those we already have in place.

All employees coming to work each day are screened with health assessment questions and a temperature screening. If an employee, visitor or contractor fails in any area of the screening, they will NOT be allowed to enter or will be sent home.

Update:  5/2/2020

In keeping with our commitment to share information regarding the Coronavirus situation at Covenant Living of Golden Valley, we are providing the latest update. Since our last communication on April 21, we learned that there is one new positive COVID-19 case of a resident in skilled nursing. 

This case has been reported to local and state health authorities and we remain in close contact with them regarding guidance on infection control protocols, in addition to the stringent measures we already have in place which follow CDC and CMS guidelines.

Our current guidelines and protocols require all employees coming to work each day to be screened with health assessment questions and a temperature screening. If an employee, visitor or contractor fails in any area of the screening, they will NOT be allowed to enter or will be asked to go home.

We are monitoring all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

As an update on our infection control protocols, they include:

  • Individuals presenting COVID-19-like symptoms are immediately isolated and we following CDC and local and state health department guidelines when caring for those with COVID-19.
  • For residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases, all efforts will be made to provide a private room with private bathroom.
  • We have primary care employees dedicated to each resident. If we have multiple residents with COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, we attempt to ensure the same nurse and CNA is assigned to all COVID-19 patients.
  • All employees wear masks and those caring for COVID-19 patients wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and to prevent the spread of the virus to others.
  • All resident rooms are disinfected twice daily and there are enhanced cleanings in all common areas within the health center.
  • All employees have been trained in proper PPE usage, as well as proper infection control measures.
  • Employee and contractor screenings continue to be required with daily health assessments and temperature screening.
  • COVID-19 Task Force at our community and at our Central Office are maintaining close contact with local and state health authorities, the CMS and CDC for the latest information regarding guidelines and protocols for infection control.

 We thank all of our employees for their commitment in providing service to our residents and we thank residents and their family members for the ongoing messages of encouragement and support.

Update:  5/1/2020

Read the full statement by Terri Cunliffe here.

Update:  4/24/2020

Read the full 4/24/2020 statement by Terri Cunliffe here

Update:  4/21/2020

Covenant Living of Golden Valley learned today that an outside admission patient within skilled nursing has been diagnosed positive with COVID-19. This individual is currently in isolation. At this time there are no other COVID-19 positive cases at our community.

 

As a matter of protocol, we have been in contact with local and state health authorities and will be working closely with them regarding additional guidance on infection control protocols, in addition to the stringent measures we already have in place.  We also have notified any employees and residents who may have been in close, prolonged contact with this individual and will be monitoring them for any indication of symptoms as per CDC guidelines.

 

In following our current guidelines and protocols, all employees coming to work each day are screened with health assessment questions and a temperature screening. If an employee, visitor or contractor fails in any area of the screening, they will NOT be allowed to enter or will be asked to go home.

 

We continue to monitor all residents and employees who may exhibit any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and, if necessary, ask that they reach out to their personal physicians for medical advice.  

 

The health and safety of our residents and employees is our highest priority and we are being very vigilant in following infection control protocols. We have a community COVID-19 task force in place and we are in continuous contact with our Central Office COVID-19 task force that is providing us with additional information regarding guidelines, and cleaning and securing medical supplies.

 

We are praying for this individual and all who have been impacted by the Coronavirus.

Update:  4/17/2020

Read the full 4/17/2020 statement by Terri Cunliffe here

Update:  4/10/2020

Read the full 4/10/2020 statement by Terri Cunliffe here

Update:  4/3/2020

Read the full 4/3/2020 statement by Terri Cunliffe here

Update:  3/27/2020

Read the full 3/27/2020 statement by Terri Cunliffe here

Update:  3/20/2020

Read the full 3/20/2020 statement by Terri Cunliffe here

Update: 3/13/2020

Read the full 3/13/2020 statement by Terri Cunliffe here

Update: 3/10/2020

Covenant Living Communities and Services continues to stay on top of the latest regarding the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the nation and in our local communities. To date, none of our communities have been directly impacted. 

However, due to concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus and in order to maintain a healthy community, we respectfully discourage all non-essential visits to our community. This request is for all individuals—including family members—as a preventive measure and precautionary step to protect our residents and staff until further notice.

Covenant Living is already following strict protocols and guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and local and state health departments. Our emergency response plans include everything from infectious control protocols, ensuring our health care employees providing care have adequate supplies to contingencies regarding dining services and activities, if necessary. In addition, we are reinforcing regular and thorough hand washing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and telling any employee who is sick to stay home. 

It is important we all remain vigilant and pay close attention to our own health and places we visit, in particular if any resident, employee or visitor has recently returned from travel overseas or has any signs of illness. 

We pray for those impacted by the coronavirus in our country and for the safety of our residents, employees and their families. Together with your vigilance, along with planning and preparedness, we can maintain a safe and health community in which we live and work. 

Update: 3/4/2020

The safety of our residents, employees and visitors is a top priority and it is important that we remain vigilant in protecting our residents and staff to maintain a healthy community.

Covenant Living Communities and Services is paying extremely close attention to the coronavirus situation in our country and on the local level at each of our communities. We have assembled a task force to monitor this situation, remain educated on the latest information from health officials, and implement any plans we have in place that may become necessary to ensure the health and safety of all of our residents, employees, family members and visitors. Our Central Office has a readiness plan for any potential COVID-19 outbreaks, in addition to our already established emergency response plans. 

Our emergency response plans are developed following strict guidelines as recommended by local, state and national health officials. Those plans include everything from infectious control protocols, ensuring our health care employees providing care have adequate supplies to contingencies regarding dining services and activities, if necessary. In addition, we are reinforcing regular hand washing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and telling any employee who is sick to stay home. 

It is important we all remain vigilant and pay close attention to our own health and places we visit, in particular if any resident, employee or visitor has recently returned from travel overseas. 

We pray the Coronavirus situation across the world and here at home is short-lived and that the residents, employees, and their families of Covenant Living remain untouched. Together with your vigilance, along with our planning and preparedness, it will guide us to maintain a safe and healthy community in which we live and work.