Dear residents, staff, families and supporters,

In my previous memo, there was a resident test which was pending a higher sensitivity test. Two higher sensitivity tests came back negative and there is another resident pending. This was great news and we were very happy. However, during routine staff testing, two staff members tested positive. These two staff members are off for the next 14 days. This resulted in Bartels cancelling visitation in the long-term care areas for the next 14 days and care conferences will be done by phone.

All areas of Woodland Terrace and Evergreen Arbor will have no visitation until July 14, 2021. There will be another round of testing taking place for staff and residents Tuesday, July 6 and July 13.

Assisted living and independent living communities of Aspen Cottage, Linden Place and Eichhorn Haus will remain the same, however any unvaccinated residents are encouraged to wear a mask and all unvaccinated visitors are required to wear a mask. All visitors are required to screen in.

The positivity rates in Bremer County and surrounding counties having been increasing which causes us to proceed with extreme caution.

The Bartels team is here to serve those who are the most vulnerable and in order to do so we need to protect ourselves and those around us.

Any questions can be directed to 319-352-4540 or

I want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

Paula Geise, RN, MSN, CEO

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