Dear residents, staff, families and supporters,

At the current time Bartels is testing staff and residents as individuals are symptomatic and on a monthly basis. The monthly testing was done for May and there was 1 positive staff member of the 185 who were tested. This individual had not worked for several days, is in a position with minimal interaction with residents, and was tested and sent home. As a precautionary measure all of the residents within Woodland Terrace and Evergreen Arbor were tested and there were no positive results.

The next monthly testing will be done June 3 from 6:00-9:00 a.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. We encourage volunteers who will be interacting with multiple residents, with church services or other events to participate in this monthly testing. The testing is a rapid, easy and nonpainful process. If you have any questions, please contact Becca at the front desk and she will direct you to the appropriate person.

When visiting and/or volunteering, please check in on the Kiosk at the front desk. If you have to answer YES to any questions, please do not visit. Although many mask mandates have been lifted, the mask mandate at long-term care facilities remains in place due to both the virus and breakthrough infections. There is ongoing education available regarding vaccines. I continue to encourage anyone who has not been vaccinated to get vaccinated, as this decreases the symptoms, hospitalizations and death.

There will be a number of outdoor events and visiting outdoors or rides in the country continue to be a great way to have some flexibility outside of the nursing facility.

Assisted Living areas of Linden Place and Aspen Cottage are open to visitation and continue to have the same routines in place as the last several months.

The Independent Living areas of campus remain unchanged and are open to visitation. I ask visitors and residents to be mindful of vaccination status, how you feel, who and how many individuals you will be interacting with to help you determine to visit or not to visit and to mask or not to mask.

Paula Geise, RN, MSN, CEO

Categorised in: