NDHC COVID-19 Updates
NDHC is committed to following the most current recommended guidelines for outdoor visitation regarding COVID-19.
July 13th update: NDHC Moves into Phase 2 of Reopening.
July 16th update: Revised ND Smart Restart Long-Term Care Reopening Guidance
August 10th update: NDHC will continue to have outside visitation
August 17th update: The results of the August 17 COVID-19 testing are in
August 28th update: We are pleased to have just received our facility’s COVID testing results from Monday, August 24th. Click here for more on this update.
October 12th update: The results from the October 7 testing are complete. Northwood Deaconess had one employee test positive. The employee has been quarantined and contact tracing procedures were followed.
October 19th update: The results of our most recent COVID-19 testing on Friday, October 16 are in. We had 5 employees test positive. They are all quarantined and appropriate contact tracing has been done. We are thankful no residents, patients, or tenants are positive. Our next testing day is Wednesday, October 21.
October 22nd update: Throughout COVID-19, the state of North Dakota has driven visitation policy in nursing homes in the state. Recently that policy came into conflict with federal guidelines issued by CMS. Effectively immediately, the federal guidelines will now guide all visitation.
If a facility has any positive cases in the last 14 days, there will no longer be any indoor visitation allowed with just a few exceptions that I will explain shortly. In our last testing event, we did have positive cases. Therefore, we regret to inform you that there will be no more inside visitation unless the resident is on end of life care or meets the criteria for a compassionate care visit.
The attached form is what drives our decision making and is directly from CMS. For your information, Grand Forks County is in yellow and we follow the guidance in that block. We of course wish there was more flexibility, however we must follow the direction given us. View attached form here:
October 27th update: Our COVID-19 test results from October 21 are complete. We had 4 non direct caregiver staff that tested positive. We continue to remain thankful that 100% of our residents and tenants test negative.
October 29th update: Our COVID-19 test results from October 26 are complete. We had 3 non direct caregiver staff that tested positive. We continue to remain thankful that 100% of our residents and tenants test negative. Our next testing date will be October 29th.
November 3rd update: Our COVID-19 test results from October 29 are complete. We had 2 non direct caregiver staff that tested positive. We continue to remain thankful that 100% of our residents and tenants test negative. Our next testing dates will be November 3rd and November 6th.
November 12th update: We just received final results from our Friday, November 6th testing date. We do have 1 positive resident and 3 positive staff with one of the staff being a direct patient care staff. All precautions have been put in place and notifications have been given to those in need. Our November 9th results are still pending. Results will be posted as the final numbers arrive. We did redraw again this morning and will test on Monday and Thursday of next week.
November 16th update: The final results are in from our last testing which was done on November 12th. We did have 1 positive resident and 3 positive staff, one of which is a LTC direct care worker. Precautions are in place and notifications have been given to those in need. This weeks testing days are Monday and Thursday. All results will be posted as we receive the final numbers.
November 18th update: The results are in from Monday, November 16th COVID testing day: 0 positive residents and 3 positive staff. No LTC direct care staff! Thank you to all our staff for working so hard to keep our patients, residents, and co-workers safe! We appreciate you and are thankful for your cooperation during this unique time. We test again tomorrow and next week's testing will take place on Monday (23rd) and Wednesday (25th).
November 23rd update: Test results are complete from last week. We have 2 positive staff and no residents. We will be testing again today and Wednesday (25th)
November 25th update: The testing results from November 23rd are now finished. Unfortunately, we had 5 residents that tested positive. Those residents have been moved to a dedicated, isolated unit. No staff tested positive. We tested again today and will post results when available.
November 27th update: The final results just arrived from our November 25th testing day: 2 positive residents and 3 positive staff. Precautions are in place and notifications have been given to those in need. Next week's testing days are Monday (30th) and Thursday (3rd). All results will be posted as we receive the final numbers. Thank you so much for the outpouring of support, prayers, and words of encouragement that so many of you provide.