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 and Vaccine Update

 

BSJ Care Center Update (2/19/21)
Great News!   All Covid-19 testing for residents and staff have been negative since January 21.  Residents and staff have completed the second Moderna vaccination (98.8% of residents and 82% of staff over age 18 vaccinated).

This will lead to some changes.  As you may have heard, we are now allowing visits in resident rooms.  This provides more privacy and comfort for residents and visitors.  Social visits continue to be on a scheduled basis to limit the number of people in the building, but we are expanding the available time slots to include 4-5 pm and 6-7 pm.  We are still limited to 2 visitors per resident.  Other Covid precautions remain in place, including masking, distancing, and sign in procedures.

We are happy to see more visitors back in the building.  If you have not already been contacted, please feel free to call Renee Walton at 608-519-9792 to arrange a time.


BSJ Community Services Update (1/19/21)
Sooner than previously anticipated, yesterday, on Jan 18th, Salem Terrace and Mill St. Manor hosted their first Covid 19 Vaccination Clinic where 58 of 62 (93.5%) tenants received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.  The remaining tenants intend to participate during the next clinic.  Additionally, 11 staff were vaccinated and the remaining four staff intend to participate at the next clinic.  Neither tenants or staff experienced any adverse reactions.  The remaining 2 clinics at Salem Terrace & Mill St. Manor are scheduled for Feb 15th and Mar 15th.

The schedule for Laurel Manor, Prairie Home and Shelby Terrace Vaccination Clinics follows:

  • Laurel Manor              Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17
  • Prairie Home               Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 1
  • Shelby Terrace            Feb 1, Mar 1, Mar 29

We are all anxious to open our doors wide and invite friends and family in to visit!  Unfortunately, there have been no changes released so far from the CDC or DHS on visitation, open dining, or activities. We will continue following existing guidance until there is a change.


BSJ Community Services Vaccine Update (1/12/21)
BSJ Assisted Living Communities are registered for the federal Pharmacy Partnership program. This includes Laurel Manor, Mill St. Manor, Prairie Home, Salem Terrace, and Shelby Terrace.  This Pharmacy Partnership program began providing vaccinations in skilled nursing facilities on 12/28/20. (priority Group 1A – Part A).  The second part of the program (priority Group 1A – Part B)  includes vaccinating tenants and staff in assisted living facilities.  On 1/11/21, the WI Dept. of Health Services (DHS) provided a notice that vaccination of priority Group 1A – Part B will begin on January 25th.

Our local Walgreens, which will provide these vaccinations in our facilities, confirmed on 1/12/21 that they are authorized to begin Assisted Living vaccinations on 1/25/21.  They will contact each of our Assisted Living communities to schedule a date for a clinic to occur sometime after the 25th. Tenants will be notified when that is scheduled.  Meanwhile, staff are working in those buildings to provide education about the Moderna vaccine, which will be provided at those clinics, and will coordinate the completion of consent forms by tenants.

This program does not include our Independent Senior Housing communities (OnaMain, OnaTerrace, Welcome Home, and Windsor Place.)  When we know more about the availability of vaccine for tenants of independent housing, we will share that information.  Please contact the Director of your community if you have questions.


Marinuka Manor Update (12/03/20)
We have had one direct care staff member test positive for COVID-19 from Tuesday’s testing. This staff member worked on our 200 hall and, therefore, we will be continuing the 14 day quarantine for those residents. We are continuing to test staff twice weekly to ensure we do not have asymptomatic, positive staff working with residents. We are in communication with Trempealeau County as well as following guidance from DHS and CDC. We are continuing to screen staff at the beginning of each shift and are monitoring symptom development of residents very closely. Staff are wearing full PPE with all resident interactions.

As always, we encourage you to participate in window visits, as well as phone calls and Facetimes with your loved ones. We are in the process of getting two more resident phone lines set up so it will be easier for them to communicate with their loved ones when they desire. We will update you with these new phone numbers when we have them set up. Please call the facility with any questions or concerns at 608-582-2211.
Megan McLean, Administrator


Community Services Update (10/30/20)
Prairie Home
All tenants and staff were tested for Covid-19 on October 28 & 29 following an employee and a tenant testing positive.  An investigation is in progress.

Salem Terrace & Mill St Manor
Facility-wide testing was conducted on October 24, 2020 due to an employee testing positive the week prior.  We are happy to share that all test results were negative and our staff is scheduled to return to work next week.  Facility-wide testing will occur again on October 31st.


Onalaska Care Center Update (9/19/20)
I’m writing to inform you we had an employee develop mild symptoms of COVID on Friday, 9/18 which prompted her to get tested on 9/18. She received positive results on 9/19.  She was tested on Monday 9/14  for our weekly routine testing and was negative with that round of results.
We are again testing all of the residents on 9/21 and staff on 9/21 and 9/22.  We are doing our best to ensure all precautions are taken to prevent any facility spread and assure resident health and safety.As always, if you have any questions, please contact the facility at 608-783-4681 or e-mail me directly.
We appreciate your help and support in keeping our residents safe.
Marissa Janke, Administrator


Onalaska Care Center Update (9/17/20)
Onalaska Care Center notifies you of one staff member who tested positive in our testing this week. We have received all resident and staff results from testing performed on the 14th and 15th and we were notified yesterday, the 16th, of this positive result.  We have begun contact tracing and are taking appropriate precautions for those who were potentially exposed. We are continuing routine, mandatory testing for all employees weekly due to latest CMS Guidelines. With these guidelines we will be testing residents again next week.

Due to the extremely high positivity rating in La Crosse County, CMS has instructed us to increase our staff testing to twice weekly. We are attempting to acquire testing supplies and are hopeful to begin this next week.

We are working closely with the local county health department on what steps to take to mitigate the risk of spread to residents in the facility. Both of these employees had minimal exposure to residents and did not work closely with our other previously positive staff members. Therefore, at this time we believe this was community acquired vs. facility acquired. As always, if you have any questions, please contact the facility at 608-783-4681 or e-mail me directly.  We appreciate your help and support in keeping our residents safe.
Marissa Janke, Administrator


Onalaska Care Center Update (9/12/20)
The Onalaska Care Center would like to notify you of two additional employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. These tests were both done on Wednesday, September 9th as part of our routine testing; the facility was notified Friday, September 11th. We have begun contact tracing and are taking appropriate precautions for those who were potentially exposed. We are continuing routine, mandatory testing for all employees weekly due to latest CMS Guidelines. With these guidelines we will also be testing residents again next week.

We are working closely with the local county health department on what steps to take to mitigate the risk of spread to residents in the facility. Both of these employees had minimal exposure to residents and did not work closely with our other previously positive staff members. Therefore, at this time we believe this was community acquired vs. facility acquired.

We are continuously reminding staff of the precautions to be taking when at work and when in the community and will be reinstating the use of face shields for any staff while on the resident wings. While outside of work we encourage all staff to wear face masks, social distance, and avoid large gatherings. In the facility we have done training on proper infection control practices and continue audits to ensure compliance. 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.

As of now, outdoor visits will continue as currently scheduled and we are beginning to brainstorm how to continue them safely as the weather gets colder. With our guidelines and plans to keep everyone safe we feel it is not necessary to put these on hold with these additional positive staff. We value the relationships between our residents and their families and understand that this is necessary for the quality of life for everyone involved.

As always, please call the facility at 608-783-4681 with any questions or concerns involving COVID-19 or outdoor visitation.


Onalaska Care Center Update (9/2/20)
Due to previous employee COVID-19 cases and recommendations from the state, Onalaska Care Center has been doing routine, mandatory staff COVID-19 testing since the end of May. We were notified today of another positive staff member who was tested on Monday, August 31st. There is no reason for us to think that this case was contracted within the facility, and believe this staff member was infected from a household contact. This staff member has not developed symptoms, which shows the importance of our continued testing. We will be testing residents in the next 7 days as well as have another round of mandatory staff wide testing on Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 9th. We are closely following guidance from La Crosse County, WI DHS, and the CDC. We have adequate supplies of PPE to mitigate the risks of spread throughout the facility. Staff continue to monitor for symptoms and are screened before each shift.

This does not have an impact on outdoor visitation. We understand there are risks, however, we value the quality of life of our residents and have specific safety guidelines in place to keep everyone safe. We appreciate the support and kind words we have received from all of you during these difficult times and feel it is the least we can do to keep you and your loved ones connected. As always, if there are any unanswered questions or concerns please call the facility at 608-783-4681.
Megan McLean, Temporary Acting Administrator


Iverson Freking Ecumenical Recognition Award Update (9/1/20)
The BSJ Board of Directors has made the the hard decision to cancel the 2021 Award and looks forward to accepting nominations beginning September 2021 for the 2022 honorees.  Thank you for all your past support of this prestigious award.


Onalaska Care Center Update (8/14/20)
Onalaska Care Center has received notification of another staff member testing positive for COVID-19. This staff member did not contract the virus from any of our current positive cases. We have notified the local public health department and are following their guidance. All residents were tested on Thursday, August 13th and we are awaiting their results. All staff will be tested again on Monday, August 17th or Tuesday, August 18th. We want to assure everyone that we are on top of this situation and there is not internal spread throughout the building. We are all wearing surgical facemasks at all times and using other PPE (gowns, gloves, face shields) when necessary. This situation is changing day by day, but the health and safety of our residents and staff members is always our main focus. Please call the facility with any questions at 608-783-4681.


Onalaska Care Center Update (8/12/20)
Onalaska Care Center would like to notify you of two employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. These tests were both done on Monday, August 10th as part of our routine testing and the facility was notified late last night, Tuesday, August 11th. We have begun contact tracing and are taking appropriate precautions for those who were potentially exposed. We are continuing routine, mandatory testing for all employees. We are working closely with the local county health department on what steps to take to mitigate the risk of spread to residents in the facility. Both of these employees had minimal exposure to residents. We are continuously reminding staff of the precautions to be taking when at work and when in the community. We encourage all staff to wear face masks, social distance, and avoid large gatherings while outside of work. In the facility we have done training on proper infection control practices and continue audits to ensure compliance. 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.

We would also like to inform you that we plan to go forward with outdoor visits beginning tomorrow. With our guidelines and plans to keep everyone safe we feel it is not necessary to put these on hold. We value the relationships between our residents and their families and understand that this is necessary for the quality of life for everyone involved.

As always, please call the facility at 608-783-4681 with any questions or concerns involving COVID-19 or outdoor visitation.


Onalaska Care Center Update (7/24/20)
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).


Onalaska Care Center Update (7/7/20)
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 (6/30/20)
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 (6/26/20)
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.


Visitor Update (5/15/20)
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