Dear Sholom Community,
As you know, coronavirus information is continuously evolving based on current information. Therefore, Sholom will be communicating on a regular basis regarding any changes and resulting adjustments to Sholom protocols deemed necessary to proactively ensure the health and wellbeing of those under our care and our employees who care for them.
As of today, there are three Minnesota residents who we believe tested positive for coronavirus. These cases are NOT associated with Sholom or our campuses. We are monitoring this situation constantly and are taking proactive measures in the attempt to reduce the risks of exposure for our elderly population noted as the most vulnerable as well as our staff. Effective immediately, additional steps we are taking are as follows:
- As scheduled Sholom programs and events evolve, we will assess the situation and make decisions appropriately about cancelling or rescheduling them.
- We are screening and requesting restrictions of visitors. Visitation is NOT recommended if you have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath or, if you have travelled to an area affected by the coronavirus, OR have been in contact with anyone who has in the past 14 days.
Sholom emergency preparedness plans are in place. Actions will change based on developments with the situation at hand. We are encouraging handwashing when entering our buildings. Our environmental services personnel have increased disinfecting high touch areas and surfaces such as door knobs, bathroom faucets, railings and light switches. All campus staff has been and will continue to undergo education and training related to proper protocols to reduce the risk of the spread of viruses including the coronavirus.
We are in close communication with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). We will keep you posted on this important situation as frequently as necessary to ensure you are updated.
Barbara Klick, RN, MBA