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

COVID-19 and Vaccine Update


BSJ Care Center Update (9/9/21)
I am happy to announce that we have lifted the quarantine for the entire building as of 9/9/21!!  Residents can be out and about.  We still encourage face masks for residents and require face masks for visitors due to the community infection rate.  Visits continue to be limited to 4 visitors per day for 2 hours per visit.

Testing will continue weekly for all staff due to county positivity rates.  Residents will be tested if symptomatic.  Normal activities and dining services will resume effective today.
Thank you for your patience during the past few weeks.
Larry Pupp, Administrator

BSJ Care Center Update (8/30/21)
(8/31/21 Correction:  The resident on 200 did not test positive, rather was exposed.  The quarantine will continue according to the exposure requirement.  Bluffs will have compassionate care – end of life visits only until further notice.)

8/30/21 Great News!  There have been no positive test results on the 100 and 300 halls on Avalon.  As a result, those halls are out of quarantine and open for visitors.  We still require face masks and face shields to visit and request 2-3 visitors for up to 2 hours at a time.  On 200, one resident tested positive last week, so the quarantine will last through this week.

The week of 8/23, we had 3 new positive tests among residents on the Bluffs, the last positive test on 8/25.  Bluffs is still quarantined, but tomorrow, 8/31, 3 residents will be able to move out of the 800 Covid hall back to their rooms.  Residents will be moved out each day after as they pass their 10 day isolation period.  Compassionate care visits are still the only visits allowed on the Bluffs.

All residents and staff will have routine Covid testing on 8/31, and we are hoping for all negative results.  If so, by next week the entire building will be open for visitors. Thank you for your patience and let’s hope for more good news!
Larry J. Pupp, Administrator

Iverson Freking Ecumenical Recognition Award (8/26/21)
BSJ Corporation will proceed with planning for the 2022 Iverson Freking Award.  Requests for nominations will go out the week of Aug 30.  The nomination form can also be found on this site’s I.F. page.  A location has been reserved for the luncheon on January 26, 2022.  COVID guidelines will be used to determine number of guests for the luncheon.  Please consider nominating someone.
Gale Bruessel, Asst to the Exec Dir

Onalaska Care Center Update (8/26/21)
We received the results from our PCR testing that took place on Monday 8/23. Unfortunately, we have 1 more staff member test positive. We do not feel that this was contracted within OCC, but instead in the community. The staff member last worked on Friday 8/20, prior to exposure risk for our staff and residents, so there was no high risk exposures. Visits will continue to be limited to compassionate only. Visitors on the compassionate care list have been notified. We will still require masks and face shields for all visitors. The quarantine period of 14 days will start over from Monday 8/23 and two rounds of negative tests are required to end the quarantine. All staff and residents will be tested weekly during the quarantine. Please call 608-783-4681 with any questions.

Norseland Nursing Home, Westby (8/18/21)
Norseland Nursing Home has one of our employees test positive for COVID-19. This individual’s test was done on Tuesday 8/17 and the facility was notified Wednesday 8/18. We have begun contract tracing and are taking appropriate precautions for those who were potentially exposed.
Due to CMS, state, and county recommendations we will be testing all staff and residents in the next 7 days. We are working closely with the county public health department and following the appropriate guidance to mitigate the risk of spread such as, daily screening at the beginning of each shift, social distancing, wearing face masks and shields, quarantining new admissions/symptomatic residents, etc. All staff have undergone training on proper infection control practices and audits are routinely conducted to ensure compliance.
We are continuously reminding staff of the precautions to be taking when at work and when in the community. While outside of work, we encourage all staff to wear face masks, social distance, and avoid large gatherings. We understand this can be a stressful time for anyone in connection to our facility, but be assured, we are doing everything we can to keep our residents safe.
In person visits will be on hold until the first round of testing for residents and staff can be completed and we can ensure there are no further cases in the building.
If you’d like to set up virtual visits with your loved one, please contact Rec Therapy Dept at 608-634-5605.  Please call our main line with any additional questions. 608-634-3747
As always, we appreciate your continued support during these challenging times.
Megan Feirtag, Administrator

Marinuka Manor Update (8/17/21)
Marinuka Manor had a staff member test positive on August 17th, 2021. This staff member worked on our 200 hall and therefore we are required to quarantine the residents on this hall for the next 14 days. We are limiting visits on our 200 hall to compassionate care only and visitors to this hall will need to wear full PPE while visiting. Family members should call prior to visiting to check if they are an approved visitor, this includes indoor and outdoor visits. Visits with our 100 hall residents have not changed at this time. We hope that with these procedures we will limit our quarantine to 14 days. All staff and residents will be tested weekly during outbreak as well as wearing full PPE while working with the 200 hall residents. We will continue to update with any changes. If there are any questions please call us at 608-582-2211. We thank you and appreciate your understanding during these times.
Megan McLean, Administrator

BSJ Care Center Update (8/16/21)
(Update 8/18  
We had another staff member test positive for Covid-19.  The staff person works on the Avalon unit.  The person was fully vaccinated and has mild cold symptoms.  We will need to quarantine the Avalon unit in addition to Bluffs, so the entire building is now under quarantine.  Visits are limited to compassionate care, both indoors and outdoors.  Visitors on the compassionate care list will be notified.  To visit, gowns, masks, and face shields will be required indoors.  We still allow and encourage outdoor visits with masks and social distancing.  All staff and residents will be tested weekly during the quarantine. The quarantine period of 14 days starts over today, and two rounds of negative tests are required to end the quarantine.)

(Update 8/17  We have an important clarification from La Crosse County.  Visitors must be on the compassionate care list for either INDOOR or OUTDOOR visits.  Again, you will be contacted if you are approved for compassionate care visits.  Avalon is NOT under quarantine at this time, so visitors to the Avalon unit are still allowed.)

(Original 8/16 message)  A staff member test positive for Covid-19 on 8/15/21 who works on the Bluffs unit.  The staff person was unvaccinated due to a medical exclusion and consistently wore the face mask and face shield, so we hope the risk of transmission is low.  However, we are still required to quarantine the Bluffs unit. Effective 8/17, visits are limited to compassionate care.  Visitors on the compassionate care list will be notified.  To visit on Bluffs, gowns, masks, and face shields will be required.  We still allow and encourage outdoor visits and are developing a process to allow Bluffs residents to go outdoors without contact with Avalon residents.  All staff and residents will be tested weekly during the quarantine. The state required quarantine is for 14 days and requires two rounds of negative tests before being lifted.

The hotline has been updated with this information (608-519-9741).
Thank you in advance for your assistance and support as we get through this.
Larry Pupp, Administrator

BSJ Community Services Update (3/23/21)
Visitation is currently allowed in all of our Assisted Living communities in designated areas.  If a person wishes to visit, he or she should contact the Director to schedule the visit.   However, we are thrilled to announce that  effective Monday, March 29th, we will be relaxing our visitation guidelines to allow for unscheduled visits in tenant apartments.  NOTE:  Visitors may not have been exposed to known or suspected COVID-19 nor experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.  Prior to visiting, all visitors will be asked to complete a screening, perform hand hygiene, wear a mask that covers their mouth & nose, and agree to maintain 6’ social distancing in the building.
Karen Sepich, Community Services Administrator


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.