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

BSJ Care Center Update (11/20/20)

We completed testing for all employees and residents this week.  All resident tests were negative.  One employee was positive.  The positive employee is a nursing assistant who worked on Avalon. The employee wore a mask and face shield while working.   We immediately placed the Avalon unit in quarantine.  This means the doors to the until will be kept closed and staff will wear full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which includes a surgical mask, face shield, gowns, and gloves. Meals will be delivered to rooms.  Activities will be limited, and we will encourage residents to stay in their room, but if necessary, they can be out in common areas within the Avalon unit.

All staff and residents will be tested again on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday.  We are hopeful that there is no further spread.

All visits, including compassionate care, will be re-evaluated and we will be in touch regarding cancelations.

Of course, this is very disappointing with Thanksgiving approaching, but we will do whatever we can to make the holiday enjoyable.

Thank you for your continued support.


Marinuka Manor Update (11/17/20)

We have had two staff members and a resident test positive for COVID-19. We are in communication with Trempealeau County Public Health as well as the state. We are continuing our full building quarantine; all staff are wearing full PPE when on the units. We are continuously evaluating the situation in the building and doing what is best to prevent the spread within the building. We are testing residents weekly, as well as staff twice weekly. All residents were tested yesterday, and we should receive their results in the next 24 hours. We want to assure you our staff are putting in the time, effort, and energy to prevent the spread of COVID.

If you have any questions, please call the facility at 608-582-2211.


BSJ Care Center Update (11/16/20)

First the good news!  All our direct care staff and all residents have tested negative during our Covid tests last week.  We have been able to remove the quarantine barriers and allow residents out of their rooms, which has improved their mood significantly. However, we were notified over the weekend that three of our corporate office staff tested positive and will be on home quarantine.

Unfortunately, this spike along with widespread community increases in positive results means we cannot begin indoor social visits this week.  Compassionate care visits will continue as scheduled. Please continue to phone your family member or request a FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom visit.

I’m sure you have heard the news that both Pfizer and Moderna are very close to getting an approved vaccine.  We are signed up to be part of the federal distribution system when they are approved.  I’m sure we will be in contact regarding consents when the time comes.

Our hotline number (608-519-9741) has been updated with this information.

Please continue to call or email with questions or concerns.


BSJ Care Center Update (11/10/20)
Great News today! We just received the remaining results from last week’s COVID tests. All residents on Bluffs and Avalon were NEGATIVE!! We had two non-direct care staff test positive, all other staff were NEGATIVE!!!

As a result, we are lifting the quarantine in the building. Today the Bluffs unit was opened up and tomorrow Avalon will open. This means residents will be free to move around the building, go to the Dining room for meals (with proper distancing), and attend Recreation Therapy activities. It does NOT mean visitation can occur immediately. We hope to begin limited indoor social visits next week based on ability to provide proper distancing. We will be calling to set up visits at the times we have available.


Marinuka Manor Update (11/9/20)
We had a resident test positive this morning (11/9) at Marinuka Manor.  This resident developed symptoms this morning and we performed a Point of Care test, which was positive.  All residents have been swabbed and we are sending the tests out today.  We should receive these results by Wednesday, 11/11,  which will give us a clearer idea of the situation in the building.  We will keep you updated.

We have also had two additional staff test positive.  One of these staff was sent home on Saturday, 11/7, after symptom development and we were notified this morning of positive results, from a test performed at a local hospital. The second employee reported symptoms this morning; we performed a Point of Care test, which resulted positive.  We have instructed this employee to have a follow up test completed.

We are continuing to have the building on quarantine and staff are wearing full PPE in every room. We are in communication with the Trempealeau Co. Health Department as well as following guidance from the state and CDC.  We understand the continuous notifications of positive staff and residents can be unsettling, but please be assured we are doing everything in our power to keep everyone safe.  Our staff will continue to wear face masks and face shields throughout the building at all times.

We are strongly encouraging window visits, phone calls, letters, etc. to keep residents engaged with all of you. One option for families would be to provide your loved one with a track phone or a personal cell phone that they are able to use to easier communicate.  We do have a resident phone line and are in the process of adding two additional lines to provide more opportunities for residents to communicate.  We also have the ability for Facetime, Skype, etc.  Please call the facility at 608-582-2211 with any questions.


Marinuka Manor Update (11/8/20)
A second COVID positive resident has been identified at Marinuka Manor.  This resident developed symptoms late last night (Saturday, 11/7), which triggered our staff to do a Point of Care COVID-19 test and it resulted positive.  With Point of Care tests, there is a possibility for a false positive result, therefore we followed up the test with another test run in a lab to verify the positive result.  We will update you if there are any opposing results.  We are currently treating this case as a true positive unless proven otherwise and we have moved the resident to our COVID unit within the facility.  We are in contact with the Trempealeau County Health Department as we work through our plan to keep all residents and staff healthy and safe.  The building is in quarantine status as we navigate the situation in the building.  All residents will be tested again, tomorrow (Monday, 11/9), and weekly until the facility goes 14 days with no new cases among residents or staff.  Staff continue to be tested at a minimum weekly depending on our county’s positivity rate.

While the residents are in quarantine it can be tough for them to feel connected to the outside world.  We strongly encourage families to engage your loved ones with window visits, phone calls, letters, Skype, Facetime, and any other way you can think to communicate, from a distance.  We will continue to keep you updated on the situation in the building and our timeline on when we may be able to lift the quarantine and begin to open a little more.  This is a very fluid process, and we appreciate your understanding through this situation.

I want to assure you our staff are doing everything in their power to support the residents and go above and beyond to meet their needs right now. We are all continuing to monitor our own symptom development very closely with daily screening before each shift. We are all also continuing to wear a mask and a face shield while in the facility.  Please call the facility with any questions at 608-582-2211.

If you or anyone in your family would like to send a letter to your loved one, or our staff in the facility, the address is as follows:  Marinuka Manor, 19475 Silver Creek Rd, Galesville, WI 54630.
Megan McLean, Administrator


Marinuka Manor Update (11/6/20)
It is with great sadness that we are notifying you of Marinuka Manor’s first COVID positive resident.  It is very disheartening to our staff as this is what all our efforts have been trying to prevent.  However, I would like to assure you this is not a result of lack of effort.  Our staff have been putting in a lot of time, energy, and effort to keep everyone safe.  Due to staff testing positive in the past, we had implemented weekly resident testing for the last two weeks. The positive resident was tested on Wednesday, 11/4 and we received news today 11/6.  All other residents were tested on the same day and have come back negative.  We will test residents again on Monday, 11/9.  Staff are being tested weekly.  We have quarantined our positive resident to our COVID area and are monitoring the status extremely close.  All residents in the facility are on quarantine.  This means staff will be in full PPE any time they are in the room and residents will be encouraged to stay in their rooms.  We are in close contact with the Trempealeau County Health Department as well as following guidance from the state and our Medical Director.

We had stated that we are in the process of developing a plan to have safe, indoor visits and we are still working on this plan, however, indoor visitation will not begin within the next two weeks as the building is on quarantine.  We will update you as much as possible as we navigate the situation in the building.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the facility at 608-582-2211.
Megan McLean, Administrator


BSJ Care Center Update (11/6/20)
BSJ Care Center
completed testing for Bluff residents on Monday 11/2/20 and all results have come back negative.  Avalon residents were tested on Thursday 11/5/20 and we are awaiting results.  We had one kitchen staff member report an exposure and test positive.  The staff member last worked on Sunday 11/1/20 and is now on home quarantine.  The staff member wore full PPE while at work and did not have close contact with residents.

All staff completed routine testing on Tuesday 11/3 and Thursday 11/5.  Results are coming in slowly on Tuesday’s tests, and so far, all are negative.

Outdoor visits have been going fantastically this week.  The weather has been great.  Some indoor compassionate care visits have continued.  Our goal is to lift the building quarantine next week as soon as we get all test results, and they continue to be negative.  If we can stay negative for another 14 days, we hope to be able to allow indoor social visits.  We continue to work closely with Wisconsin Department of Health, La Crosse County, and the Coulee COVID Collaborative on how to proceed.  I have updated our hotline (608-519-9741) with this information.  Let’s hope for continued good news.
Larry J. Pupp, Administrator


Marinuka Manor Update (11/5/20)
Marinuka Manor had another staff member test positive for COVID-19. The employee was tested on Monday, 11/2, and we received notification on 11/4 that the result was positive. The employee worked in the building on Sunday, 11/1, but did not provide direct care to the residents. We have increased our ability to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the facility by stopping communal dining while we are in the outbreak status (1 or more positive staff or residents). We have not had any residents test positive. Residents and staff are being tested weekly. We are constantly monitoring the status in the building, as well as developing plans for staffing and quarantine ability as the virus continues to spread in the community. We are in contact with the Trempealeau County Health Department as well as following guidance from DHS, CMS and the CDC.

We understand how important it is for residents to have the ability to communicate with their families, especially right now. Please understand times are very busy in the facility as we do everything we can to keep everyone safe and healthy. We are doing our absolute best to keep an open line of communication with anyone in connection with the facility. We do have the ability for Facetime/Skype calls as well as phone calls. We are in the process of determining a safe way for the facility to allow for indoor visitation while the weather is quickly changing as we understand how important it is for the residents to see their loved ones.  Please feel free to email me with questions or call the facility 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.


BSJ Care Center Update (10/31/20)
One additional RCT’s (Nursing Assistant) Covid-19 test result came back positive today. We will be placing the entire building in quarantine. Fortunately, no additional residents have tested positive at this point. We will be repeating resident testing early in the week. All social visits remain on hold and compassionate care visits will be further limited. Due to the need for our staff to be in close contact for over 15 minutes, facetime and Skype calls are also on hold. We encourage you to visit using telephone calls and/or window visits until further notice.

Thank you for your support. Our goal is to get through this safely.


Marinuka Manor Update (10/30/2020)
We would like to follow-up regarding the COVID-19 situation. We had two staff members test positive using Point of Care tests. These tests are then followed up with a test done in a lab. Both of these individuals were tested at one of the local hospitals and one of them came back negative, the other was confirmed positive. We understand this can be confusing, however, we are aware there is potential for a false positive when a Point of Care test is done. We will always lean on the side of caution which is why these individuals were immediately sent to be double checked with another test. The individual who was confirmed positive, yesterday, was working in the facility at the time as well as the day prior to the positive test. We are doing all appropriate contact tracing along side the county to ensure safety of all staff and residents. This individual does not provide direct care to the residents, which is good as that reduces the risk of exposure. Staff are still being tested twice a week as well as screening before each of their shifts. Residents are being tested once a week at this point. We currently have NO COVID positive residents. This is a major focus to us as it means we are doing the right things to keep those we care for safe. We are also following guidelines provided from the state as well as CMS and the CDC to prevent the spread.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the facility at 608-582-2211. You are also able to stay up to date by looking at our website (www.bsjcorp.com) or by searching “Bethany St. Joseph Corporation” on Facebook.


Marinuka Manor Update (10/29/2020)
We would like to update you that we have had two staff members test positive for COVID-19 at Marinuka Manor. We would like to assure you we are doing everything we can to keep ourselves and our residents happy, healthy, and safe. On Wednesday, October 28th one of these staff members was tested due to a possible exposure from a household contact. The other employee tested positive, with no symptoms, through our routine testing procedures. Both of these results were from Point of Care tests, which are then followed-up with a test done in a lab and we will update you if there are opposing results. One of these employees last worked on Tuesday, October 27th following a negative Point of Care test, which means there was a lower risk of exposure to the residents as they were providing direct care. The second staff member was not providing direct care, tested positive during her shift and was sent home immediately. We are in close contact with the Trempealeau County Health Department as well as following CMS guidelines to prevent spread. Residents are being tested weekly and staff are being tested twice a week at this point. We currently have NO residents who are COVID positive. This is a huge victory and truly shows the hard work and dedication all of our staff are putting in to stay healthy and keep the residents safe. We are using appropriate PPE in the facility and when around residents. We are also continuously reminding staff how important it is to stay safe in the community. Point of Care tests are very useful for us here in the facility to be able to test staff who have potential exposures or have symptoms to ensure we have staff who are healthy to provide our residents with what they need, but more importantly making sure we have ill staff quarantining at home.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the facility at 608-582-2211.


BSJ Care Center Update (10/26/20)
We completed PCR testing on all residents on Friday and no additional residents tested positive. The two residents who tested positive have been temporarily moved to the 800 isolation unit and still have minor to no symptoms.

We are very thankful that all other residents and staff have tested negative. The 600 unit quarantine will end on Thursday, October 29.  Thank you for your positive comments and support. As always, feel free to contact us with questions. The hotline (608-519-9741) has also been updated with this information.


BSJ Care Center Update (10/23/20)
All resident on 600 were tested for Covid-19 on Tuesday, October 20 and we were notified today that one resident on 600 tested positive. We immediately did a rapid re-test of all residents on 600 and one additional resident tested positive. At this time, both residents who tested positive have had minor or no symptoms and are feeling OK. All residents on 600 will be re-tested again with a PCR test to confirm the results. Positive PCR residents will be moved to our 800 wing which has been prepared for Covid positive residents. The 600 wing continues to be on quarantine.

Our medical director and La Crosse County Public Health have both been involved in providing direction and guidance. The La Crosse County Covid Task Force is also assisting.

All social visits will be cancelled until at least November 6. Compassionate care visits will be allowed on a case by case basis and you will receive a phone call about visits if you have been visiting regularly.

This is very disappointing to all our staff who have worked so diligently to prevent Covid spread in the building, and they are committed to continue working hard to limit further spread. I’m sure you would all join me in thanking them for the hard work they are doing.

Please feel free to contact us with questions. Our hotline will be updated with this information so feel free to share the number, 608-519-9741.  Thank you for your support as we work through this difficult time.


Marinuka Manor Update (10/21/2020)
We would like to notify you that a staff member was tested for COVID-19 due to symptom onset and we were notified that these test results came back positive. This employee last worked on Friday, October 16th, 2020 following a negative point of care test. This individual is now quarantining. All residents have been tested and we are awaiting those results. All staff are tested on a twice a week basis. We are following guidance from Trempealeau County Public Health, the state Department of Health Services, and the CDC to ensure we are taking all the necessary precautions. We know these times can be unsettling for anyone in long-term care and that is why we want to assure you we are doing everything we can to make sure our staff and residents are all stay safe and healthy. We are continuously reminding staff of how they can stay safe in the community, such as wearing a mask, socially distancing, limiting exposure to non-household contacts, etc. We are also continuing to take precautions in the building such as screening staff before each shift, socially distancing, wearing face masks, quarantining new residents, etc.

Again, we know these times are hard, however, be assured we are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, please call the facility at 608-582-2211.


BSJ Care Center Update (10/8/20)
We would like to notify you of a staff member that has tested positive for COVID-19. We received notification today of a positive test that was completed Tuesday during our routine staff testing. We are in the process of contact tracing in the building. The individual involved will be on quarantine and working with La Crosse County on contact tracing in the community.

We will be testing all residents. All staff will complete testing by the end of the day today. We continue to take all necessary precautions to keep ourselves, other staff, and residents safe and healthy including daily screening at the beginning of each shift, social distancing, wearing face masks, quarantining new admissions and symptomatic residents. We are encouraging staff to be safe outside of work knowing that the numbers in the surrounding areas are high.

Outdoor visits for next week are still planned, however based on testing results and the weather they may be changed on Monday. Please check email and phone calls for updates.

We have a new BSJ Care Center hotline which is updated whenever there is new information so you can easily check on our status. The hotline number is 608-519-9741.  Please call the facility at 608-788-5700 with any questions regarding COVID-19.


BSJ Care Center Update (10/5/20)
We completed Covid-19 testing for all staff last week and all results have come back negative. Thanks to our staff for continuing to stay safe in the community. Starting this week, we will be testing staff twice per week as required by CMS and La Crosse County positivity rates.

We have evaluated visits for this week and will proceed with OUTDOOR SOCIAL VISITS only this week due to the high Covid numbers in La Crosse County. Visits will be more structured with strict guidelines that must be followed. We understand how difficult this is, but feel it is necessary to keep Covid out of the building.

For the next several weeks, we will be deciding about visitation every Monday for that week. This gives us all less time to plan, but with the changes in La Crosse County numbers we are not confident in deciding any further than the current week. The weather will also be a big factor until it is safe to move to indoor visits.

Our staff will call to schedule visits. Some visits that were previously scheduled at 10 am will need to move to 11 am this week. We will make every attempt to accommodate as many visits as possible but cannot guarantee that everyone can be scheduled. Hopefully, we will be able to continue visits next week.

I’m sure we all wish this would be over soon but so far there is no end in sight. The winter season could require even more precautions.  Thank you for your assistance and understanding.


Marinuka Manor Update (9/22/2020)
Marinuka Manor has had its first staff member that has tested positive for COVID-19. We received notification on 9/21 of the positive test that was completed Sunday due to mild symptom on-set on Friday (9/19). This staff member has not been in our building since last Sunday (9/13), which is great because this means there is a minimal exposure risk to our residents and other staff members. However, we understand the severity of this virus and are taking the necessary precautions to keep ourselves, other staff, and residents safe and healthy. 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 keep everyone safe. There are several things we are doing in the facility to mitigate the risk of spread such as, daily screening at the beginning of each shift, social distancing, wearing face masks, quarantining new admissions/symptomatic residents, etc. We are also encouraging staff to be safe outside of work knowing that the numbers in the surrounding areas have been increasing. We know that these times can be scary for anyone in connection to our facility, but please understand we are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe.  Please call the facility at 608-582-2211 with any questions regarding COVID-19.
Megan McLean, Administrator


BSJ Care Center Update (9/21/20)
Greetings from BSJ Care Center,
First, I am happy to report that we remain Covid-19 free in our facility. Thanks to all our staff and visitors for taking precautions here and in the community to maintain that status.

Unfortunately, La Crosse County is not doing as well. Last week we lead the nation in Covid-19 positivity rates. That combined with new guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), we will be updating our visitation practices. The guidance defines the “Core Principles of Covid-19 Infection Prevention” which includes in part; screening of everyone who enters the building, hand hygiene, face coverings, social distancing of 6 feet, cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces, and resident and staff testing. You can review the entire memo at https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-39-nh.pdf.

According to the CMS memo listed above, a high county positivity rate (10% or greater) means that visits should only occur for compassionate care situations. As a result, we are cancelling all routine outdoor and indoor visits for the next two weeks. We will evaluate the situation at that time to decide about future visits. Our compassionate care visits are also being reduced in number and frequency during this time. Everyone who has been approved to visit, will be contacted in the next two days to notify them of the changes. As before, residents on transmission-based precautions can only have virtual or window visits until the precautions are ended.

We have received a point of care testing machine, along with 80 testing cards that can be completed at the facility. We use these supplies primarily to test suspected cases due to limited supply availability. The state has also assigned a lab for us to use and we are in the process of setting up routine staff testing. Residents only need to be tested if they have symptoms or if we have an outbreak.

The CMS memo reduces the restrictions on communal dining and activities in the facility. This will help to provide more socialization for residents.

In summary we are pleased with our results so far and continue to stay vigilant to remain safe. We are one of a very limited number of facilities that allowed outdoor and some indoor visits while staying Covid-19 free. As hard as this all is, please continue follow safe practices so when we can resume visits, it is safe to do so. Please call with any questions you have and discuss them with a Social Worker.
Thank you, Larry Pupp, Administrator


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


Marinuka Manor Update (9/12/20)
Marinuka Manor tested all of its employees 9/9-9/11 and the results are good that no one, at this time, tested positive.  Regular testing will occur as testing supplies are available.  The outdoor visits for families and residents will continue.  We appreciate your support as we manage through this time.
Gale Bruessel, Interim 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).


COVID-19 Testing Update  – (7/21/20)
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 (7/9/20)
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 (7/7/20)
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.


BSJ Care Center Update (6/30/20) 
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 (6/18/20)
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 (5/15/20)
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