Visitation guidelines to reduce risk and protect the health and safety of our residents and staff are listed below. If the following guidelines are not met or followed by visitors, they will be asked to leave the premises.
- Visitors who have a positive COVID-19 test (within the last 10 days), are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for exposure quarantine, cannot enter the facility.
- Grand Forks COVID-19 community level of transmission is currently at high level(as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]). All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, should wear face masks and physically distance from others when in common spaces.
- Visitation is available in common spaces, as long as all visitors wear face masks and physically distance from other residents and healthcare workers at all times.
- COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone ages 5 years and older to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. If you have not already, please consider beginning your vaccination series, or receiving recommended booster doses.
- Continue to practice physical distancing and increased hand hygiene regardless of vaccination status.
Visitors of Residents who are Close Contacts
- If you are visiting a resident who has been identified as a close contact (an individual who has had close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual), you may visit in common spaces or the resident room. The resident and visitor must wear a face mask and physically distance from others at all times, regardless of vaccination status.
- If you are visiting a resident who has been identified as a close contact, and is on transmission-based precautions (an individual with suspected or confirmed COVID-19), you may visit with this person only in their room. The resident and visitor must wear a face mask and physically distance from others at all times, regardless of vaccination status. Visitors may be asked to comply with additional personal protective equipment requirements.
What is Valley Senior Living doing to prevent infections?
All employees are being screened before their shift begins 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, and COVID-19 contact and/or exposure screening. All employees are masking and wearing eye protection, and residents are required to mask when receiving direct care and are asked to physically distance when outside their rooms.
Will Valley Senior Living continue to test employees and residents for COVID-19?
All Valley Senior Living communities continue to follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the North Dakota Department of Health. Staff or residents who become symptomatic are tested as soon as possible. Residents identified as close contacts or staff with higher-risk exposure will be tested after 2 days and again at 5 to 7 days after exposure. This testing schedule remains dependent on the Grand Forks county positivity rate.
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.