Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Has anyone tested positive for COVID-19 at Valley Senior Living?

As of May 28, 2020, positive tests since March are as follows:

16 employees and 6 residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Valley Senior Living on Columbia: 13 positive tests
Staff:  10
Residents: 3

Woodside Village: 7 positive tests
Staff: 4
Residents: 3

Wheatland Terrace: 0 positive
Staff: 0
Residents: 0

Tufte Manor: 1 positive test
Staff: 1
Residents: 0

Please note: Woodside Village residents are double reported on the North Dakota Department of Health COVID-19 reporting site due to admission to the COVID-19 Care Area at Valley Senior Living on Columbia.

Will Valley Senior Living continue to mass test employees and residents for COVID-19?

Valley Senior Living conducted the first mass testing of 1242 employees and residents on April 26 and 27.

Targeted testing of 325 employees and residents was conducted on May 7.

We are preparing for mass testing of all employees and residents May 11-13 when supplies are received from the North Dakota Department of Health.
What is Valley Senior Living doing to prevent infections?

All employees are being actively screened before their shift begins and at the completion of their shift according to recommendations from Centers for Disease Control, the North Dakota Department of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, and the American Health Care Association. Screening includes temperature, COVID-19 related symptoms, COVID-19 contact or exposure screening and travel questions. All employees are masking and wearing protective eyewear, including face shields in communities with confirmed COVID-19 tests. We make every effort to observe permanent assignment of staff to a specific area within our care communities whenever possible.

Residents are required to mask when receiving direct care and socially distance when outside their rooms.  Congregate activities are suspended within our communities.  Residents are not have congregate meals and all residents are eating in their rooms, with assistance when needed.

Does Valley Senior Living have the personal protective equipment (PPE) – like masks, face shields, gowns and gloves to keep staff and residents safe?

We are fortunate to currently have an adequate supply of all personal protective equipment and have placed additional orders with expected shipment and delivery within the next few weeks.  We continue to accept donations of cloth facemasks for residents.  We would ask that they have elastic rather than ties to promote independence for the residents.  Residents are utilizing donated cloth facemasks for direct care encounters and when outside their rooms.

What is Valley Senior Living doing to keep residents connected with their family or other loved ones during this time?

Valley Senior Living is assisting with the facilitation of video visits for our residents and families that are interested in this form of video communication. We are also assisting with verbal and written communication with family and loved ones. Scheduled window visits are available for residents that live in ground level rooms. If you are interested in scheduling a video visit or window visit, please contact the recreation department or social work team at the location where the resident resides.

What is the plan for Valley Senior Living to communicate important information to both residents and families on a regular basis?

Valley Senior Living is frequently communicating with families and loved ones of residents through email communication, or printed and mailed communication when email is not available. Our website and our dedicated hotline at 701.787.7551 are updated frequently. We are communicating new recommendations and guidelines with residents through social work/resident individual conversations as changes occur.

Is the nursing home currently at full staffing levels for nurses, aides, and other workers?

Our communities are fully staffed. We continue to recruit and train additional staff in the event we would experience COVID-19 related illness in care staff.

How will Valley Senior Living respond to a positive COVID-19 test in a resident?

For Valley Senior Living on Columbia, Woodside Village, Wheatland Terrace, and Tufte Manor, if a resident has been identified with COVID-19, we will transfer that resident to the COVID-19 Care Area located in the front hall of Valley Transitions at Valley Senior Living on Columbia. We will not have residents with active COVID-19 infections living among other residents. We have taken the precaution of separating the air system in this designated area and have activated a separate nursing team to care for residents with COVID-19.

Tenants living independently within Country Estates or Cherrywood Village will follow recommendations from their healthcare provider to receive additional care or to shelter in place and quarantine.

How is Valley Senior Living managing move-ins and returns from hospital stays?

New residents who move in are being isolated for 14 days.  If a resident meets skilled nursing facility admission criteria, this will occur in a separate area within Valley Transitions at Valley Senior Living on Columbia.  If a new resident moves in directly to another area of Valley Senior Living, they are isolated to their room for 14 days and care staff is taking additional precautions beyond masks and eyewear including the use of isolation gowns. Residents returning from the hospital are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis for proper placement within our care community.  Valley Senior Living will not allow admission for a resident who is positive with COVID-19 until the potential resident has two negative tests that were performed at least 24 hours apart from each other. Any potential resident will be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission to Valley Senior Living.   

Is visitation restricted and are deliveries accepted?

Visitation remains restricted at all Valley Senior Living locations. We continue to accept deliveries for residents. Please label items with resident name and room number and leave items in the vestibule. These items will be delivered to residents at shift change to reduce the number of trips in and out of neighborhoods.

Additional Information on COVID-19 from CDC: