Bethany St. Joseph Corporation
2501 Shelby Road
La Crosse, WI 54601
608-788-5700
Inspiring Life, Hope, and Healing
Bethany St. Joseph Corporation

COVID-19 Update


Onalaska Care Center Update (7/24/2020)

In our strong efforts to remain transparent with the families of our residents, we are notifying you that Onalaska Care Center had an employee test positive for COVID-19. With the amount of time that has passed since the previous positive cases, this is now our only active case in the facility. This employee developed symptoms on July 16th and has been off since that day, we had been waiting for a test result and unfortunately it was positive. We understand that this can be very stressful for anyone in connection with our facility; however, we would like to reassure you we are taking all of the necessary precautions to keep our residents and employees safe. We are in constant communication with the Local County Health Department on what the most up to date guidance is and necessary precautions we should be taking. With the situation La Crosse County is in we are continuously reminding staff of ways that they can remain safe and healthy in the community by social distancing, wearing a mask, avoiding high risk areas, and using proper hand hygiene. We are currently doing mandatory bi-weekly testing of all staff members and this will continue until we have a 14-day period with no new positive employees.

Some of you may have heard through the weekly phone calls that we were in the process of organizing the opportunity for outdoor visits. Unfortunately, with the positive staff member, that will delay the beginning of these visitations. During this time, we are testing all residents today and all staff again on Monday July 27th and Tuesday July 28th. We will make sure to keep you updated and let you know when we plan to begin outdoor visits. Thank you again for your patience and support during these difficult times.

As always please call the facility with any questions and please share this information with family and friends who may not be receiving these emails. You can also find updates on our website (bsjcorp.com) and our Facebook Page (Bethany St. Joseph Corporation).


COVID-19 Testing Update  – (7/21/2020)

We are happy to announce that all COVID-19 screening test results from all Nursing Homes are back and are  negative for both staff and residents.

We are continuing all of our safety practices which includes testing of staff and residents. Thank you for your continued support during this time.


BSJ Care Center Update (7/9/2020)

BSJ Care Center is happy to announce that all COVID-19 screening test results are back from 7/7, 7/8 and all are negative for both staff and residents.

We are developing a plan for limited visitation.  We will call you when we can set up times.  Please be patient until we can get the calls done.
Thank you for continuing to support our efforts to keep COVID-19 out of the building.

Larry Pupp, Administrator


Onalaska Care Center Update (7/7/2020)

COVID-19 testing was completed at the Onalaska Care Center on all residents and staff on June 29th and 30th. We are happy to report that all results are negative.

We are very thankful for this, but know that COVID-19 is still active in the community so we will continue to remain vigilant in monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms; we are continuing all of our safety practices, including face masks for all staff on duty, daily symptom screening, quarantine for all new admissions, and restriction of visitors except for compassionate care and end of life.


Onalaska Care Center Update (6/30/2020)

We would like to inform you that Onalaska Care Center currently has a total of 3 COVID-19 positive staff members, these tests were a result of facility wide testing. We have mandated another round of facility wide testing for all staff members to be completed today, June 30th.

As a result of positive employees, we have also completed facility wide testing for all residents, on Saturday, June 27th. We have received results back from this testing and all residents are negative for COVID-19. This is great news for our facility as we continue to mitigate the impact of increasing cases within La Crosse County.

I assure you we are taking the proper precautions needed to keep all of our residents safe through the use of PPE (i.e. surgical face masks and face shields at all times). We are continuously updating the precautions we take as we receive new guidance from the CDC, State Health Department, and Local Health Department.

We will continue to keep you updated as the situation changes. As always, please feel free to call the facility with any questions at 608-783-4681.


Onalaska Care Center Update (6/26/2020)

At Onalaska Care Center, COVID-19 testing was completed on staff, on Monday, June 22nd. As a result of these tests we got notification today that one staff member tested positive. We continue to remain vigilant in monitoring for COVID-19 and increasing our precautions to keep those in our building safe. This staff member has been off of work since this test due to development of symptoms on Tuesday, June 23rd.

We are working closely with the La Crosse County Public Health Department regarding follow-up testing, and contact tracing. We are continuing all of our safety practices, including face masks for all staff on duty, face shields for all staff in resident areas, daily symptom screening, and restriction of visitors except for compassionate care and end of life. We have done training and continue auditing for mask, gown, glove, and face shield use.

We will continue to update you on any new developments. Please continue to call the facility with any questions.


BSJ Care Center Update (6/30/2020) 

At Bethany St. Joseph Care Center, COVID-19 testing was completed on all residents and staff June 23rd and 24th. We are happy to report that all results are negative.

We are very thankful for this, but know that COVID-19 is still active in the community so we will continue to remain vigilant in monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms; we are continuing all of our safety practices, including face masks for all staff on duty, daily symptom screening, quarantine for all new admissions, and restriction of visitors except for compassionate care and end of life.


BSJ Care Center Update (6/18/2020)

At Bethany St. Joseph Care Center, COVID-19 testing was completed on residents and staff, on May 29th. All test results were negative. We continue to remain vigilant in monitoring for COVID-19, and today an employee reported a positive COVID-19 test result. This staff member got tested after close contact with a person known to have a positive test. The employee worked two shifts over the past seven days.

We are working closely with the La Crosse County Public Health Department regarding follow-up testing, and contact tracing. We are continuing all of our safety practices, including face masks for all staff on duty, daily symptom screening, quarantine for all new admissions, and restriction of visitors except for compassionate care and end of life. We have done training and continue auditing of mask, gown, glove, and face shield use.

We will continue to update you on any new developments. Please continue to call or use our email information address at bsjccinfo@bsjcorp.com with any questions.
Thank you.

Update 6/18/2020


Visitor Update (5/15/2020)

The Wisconsin Supreme Courts reversal of Governor Evers’ Safer at Home order has raised questions about how it affects BSJ Facility visits. BSJ Facilities are still under the regulation of The Center’s for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and/or the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).

Despite any changes in the public and political arena, we will continue our current limited visiting policies until given new directions by CMS and/or DHS.

We continue to encourage friends and family to stay in touch using phone calls, video chats, and window visits (with closed windows). If anything, the changes to the Safer at Home order create a greater risk for our residents as community members become more mobile.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support for the safety of our residents.

Updated 5/15/2020


Supporting COVID-19 Efforts / Face Masks

To help keep our residents, tenants and staff safe, we are accepting donations of new personal protective equipment (PPE) and home made face masks. If you would like to help make masks, see the links below for specifications. You may contact the BSJ Care Center to coordinate the pick-up/delivery of the masks or other PPE.

Thank you for your support during this time.

How make a face mask
https://www.gundersenhealth.org/app/files/public/12564/Face-Mask-Specifications.pdf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FB–BOyTiU

Updated 4/3/2020


Visitors

Highlighted in the news recently has been the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on people. We want to assure you that BSJ Corporation is diligently following this and want to share information about what we are doing to protect our residents, tenants and participants.

We follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and WI Department of Health guidance and protocols to maintain a safe and healthy environment. As a preventative measure we are implementing the following, effective immediately.

Nursing Homes

Due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) and recommendations from the CDC, we are no longer allowing visitors to Bethany St. Joseph Corporation Nursing Homes unless they are medically necessary for the resident’s health and well-being. Please contact the nursing home directly with questions.

Independent and Assisted Living Facilities

Letters to Tenants from Community Services Administrator – New Update 6/18/20
COVID-19 Update letter from CS Admin 6/18/20
COVID-19 Update letter from CS Admin 5/14/20
COVID-19 Letter to Tenants – Indep & Asst Living 3/14/20

BSJ Community Services (Assisted Living, Senior Housing, and Adult Day Care) remain closed to visitors other than those providing medically necessary care or at visiting loved ones who are at the end of life.  No one is allowed in our senior communities who meets any of the following criteria:

  1. Signs or symptoms of respiratory infection such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat.
  2. In the last 14 days, has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or under investigation for COVID-19, or are ill with respiratory illness.
  3. International travel within the last 14 days to countries with sustained community transmission.
  4. Residing in a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring.

For information and updates on COVID-19, please visit the CDC website at:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Updated March 12, 2020