Lakewood Health System is committed to providing the highest standards of care for our patients and residents. We continue this work during the challenging times of this COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our residents, families, and community informed, we have created this section on our website to give you long-term care updates on COVID-19 activity in our care center. (For information on visitation for long-term care, please visit the Family Updates page.) The information includes:
- Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in residents in the care center
- Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in staff in the care center
- Information on residents with any new onset respiratory symptoms that have been reported/identified through our daily screening processes
- Information on staff with any new onset respiratory symptoms that have been reported/identified through our daily screening processes
- Daily staff census
- Current visitation level – LEVEL 1 (Please see the Care Center Visitation Levels Overview document for details about what this level means for allowed visitation at the care center.)
This information will be updated Monday-Friday, and more frequently as needed. (Previous monthly data can be found under the Documents section of this page.) The following provides information and action steps we have taken to help prevent or mitigate the spread of this virus.
Since the pandemic first reached the United States, Lakewood Health System Care Center has been coordinating with industry leaders and public health officials to establish clear safeguards and protocols to prevent transmission of the virus within our senior care facilities. These aggressive efforts include policies to limit outside visitors, suspension of group activities, and embracing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including requiring our employees to wear masks at all times, increased hand-washing, increased cleaning of buildings, and using other personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with residents, tenants, or clients who require this level of protection.
Our care center has also created a COVID unit, which is specifically staffed and prepared to manage residents who are being monitored for signs/symptoms of COVID, as well as to care for any confirmed cases of COVID.
Senior citizens and those who live in communal settings are at greater risk of infection during this pandemic. As the virus spreads, the potential exists that some seniors and caregivers could be impacted despite the protections we have in place.
With any residents or staff who test positive for COVID-19, we work with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the CDC on the best course of action to prevent the spread of the illness.
Thank you to our patients, residents, families, and communities for your continued support as we navigate this uncharted territory.