Current information as of
To Our Residents and Family Members:
Minnesota has now extended its stay-at-home order until May 18, 2020 as part of the continuing effort by people, businesses, and the government to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to “flatten the curve “of cases. That effort is yielding results, but the daily count of new cases and – tragically – deaths across our state tells us that additional time and attention is needed.
As difficult as this situation is, we support this extension as a necessary step to keep you, your family, and our team members as safe and healthy as possible; that goal continues to be our highest priority. We are doing everything we can to stop the spread of the virus within our community, working in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps.
Our goal is to keep you informed and regularly/weekly share updates and helpful information.
- COVID-19 Update: Based on current research, COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person through close contact (within six feet), through respiratory droplets produced when coughing or sneezing or through touching a surface or object holding the active virus then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. Because many of those infected with the COVID-19 virus may be both contagious and often symptom-free, the virus is easy to spread and hard to trace. On-going comprehensive testing is needed, both in the larger community and on our campus, but today’s report from the state makes it clear that, while testing capacity is growing, it’s not yet adequate to meet the need.
- Stopping the Spread: As has been true since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, your help is vital to prevent the spread of this virus. The steps we can all take to break the chain of transmission include:
- Staying at home as much as possible.
- Being a good neighbor by:
- Practicing social distancing.
- Avoiding person-to-person contact.
- Avoid gatherings – whether large or small – in both private and public places.
- Postponing visits to friends’ homes, to parks, shops, or any other place.
- Wearing a mask and washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, always covering your cough and sneeze, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
- Checking yourself for signs of illness including a fever over 100 degrees, a sore throat, new cough, trouble catching your breath, fatigue, or diarrhea. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please quarantine yourself as a precaution and immediately tell your executive director or any member of your care team. Early intervention is important for your health and to limit the spread of the virus.
- Tips for Cleaning and Disinfecting: Many questions have arisen about the best steps for effectively cleaning to prevent the coronavirus spread. The most up-to-date recommendations from the CDC can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
- Extra Steps We’re Taking to Stop the Spread: The staff is also taking every possible proactive step to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our community healthy and safe:
- Screening each staff member at the beginning of every shift.
- Using universal precautions and personal protective equipment including, masks, face shields, and gloves.
- Increasing cleanings and disinfecting throughout the campus.
- Reinforcing training with all staff to ensure thorough knowledge and practice of droplet precautions and proper use of PPE.
- Continuing to strictly limit visitors and events.
- Enforcing social distancing.
- Requiring a 14-day quarantine for residents who have been out of the building for an extended period.
- Providing daily meal service delivery to each apartment.
- Modifying mail pick-up and/or delivery to each apartment.
- Modifying trash and recycling disposal and/or pick up from each apartment.
- Suspending all non-essential housekeeping and maintenance services.
- Suspending all personal training and small group exercise classes.
These important measures come with trade-offs, particularly in terms of everyone’s natural desire to be with loved ones. We know the stress of that separation for you as well as for your family and friends and we will make every effort to help you connect with your loved ones through video chat, calling, texting or other social media formats.
Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and teamwork in this challenging time; together, we will beat back this challenge.
The SilverCrest Team