Bay View COVID update 11/18/2020
Pending cases: 0
NEW Confirmed Cases: 1
Total Confirmed Cases: (4 Staff Members, 2 Residents) PLEASE NOTE: Numbers updated/corrected today after clarification from the Minnesota Department of Health to include only cases that worked during their infectious period and residents in the facility.)
Deaths r/t virus: 0
Three or more residents or staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours: Yes
Visitation Status: Suspended
On November 18, 2020, one staff member developed symptoms a few hours into the NOC shift. This staff member was tested promptly via POC antigen-based test and was detected to have COVID-19. The staff member was sent home and will remain in quarantine until determined to be no longer infectious. Close contacts, determined by local health departments and infection control staff, will be notified and monitored for symptoms. Close contacts will be notified with further instructions related to quarantine. Bay View has and will continue to be cleaning and disinfecting the facility to control the spread of illness. All residents on the 2nd floor (except for the two residents who previously tested positive) were tested today, 11/18/2020, as a measure to prevent unknowing or asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 and all were undetected for COVID-19. All staff and residents (with consent) will be tested at the end of this week to prevent the unknowing spread of the virus. Testing will continue weekly for all staff and residents until we have two consecutive testing rounds with all negative test results. Visitation will be suspended until Bay View does not have an additional case in our facility for 14 days.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus that is spread even before individuals show symptoms. It spreads from person to person through droplets created when we cough, sneeze, talk, sing or laugh. Thus, it is ever important for all residents, family members, and staff members to closely watch for symptoms that are outside of their “ normal,” and to stay home/in their rooms if they are ill. If symptoms occur, please contact your medical provider to request additional testing.
Please remember to slow the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay home when ill.
- Wear a face covering when in public if physically able.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, etc.
- Limit unnecessary travel, events, or large gatherings.
We all need to continue to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your continued cooperation.