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Information and Updates Concerning the Coronavirus

September, 16, 2021

In an effort to address questions and concerns about the Coronavirus and its potential impact at Bluestem Communities, this webpage will be updated to provide information to family members, volunteers, visitors and others. This is an evolving situation that we will closely monitor. Promoting a safe and healthy environment for those we serve is our greatest concern. In an effort to continue informing resident family contacts about COVID-19 and any future updates impacting our campuses, please subscribe to notifications. Thank you for considering! 

For further questions, you may call:

  • Bluestem PACE, 844-588-7223
  • Kidron Bethel Village, 316-284-2900
  • Schowalter Villa, 620-327-3400
  • Media Inquiries can be directed to Ariana Kauffman, VP of Marketing, 316-836-4866.

FAQs: Read answers to some frequently asked questions.

TEST RESULTS: See test results here.

COUNTY COVID DASHBOARDS:  Below are links to the county dashboards for Bluestem Community locations. 

Harvey County    McPherson County    Reno County 

In the interest of transparency and public safety we will provide updates as appropriate while following HIPAA regulations and protecting our participant’s, staff’s, and family members’ right to privacy.

 

September 16, 2021

At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, one known active case at Kidron Bethel Village and four known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

September 15, 2021

At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, one known active case at Kidron Bethel Village and seven known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

September 14, 2021

At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, two known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and seven known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

September 13, 2021

At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, three known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and seven known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

September 11, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, three known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and seven known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

September 9, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, three known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and six known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Schowalter Villa: Late last week, a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of delivering care to residents. This triggered a requirement from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to conduct testing of all health care and assisted living residents and staff regardless of vaccination status.

While performing follow-up testing and frequent resident monitoring, two health care residents and two assisted living residents have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition to the two current staff members, Harvey County Health Department is considering this a cluster. At this time, residents are showing minor symptoms and are being closely monitored. 

All health care and assisted living residents have been in modified quarantine since September 3. With the most recent positive results, advanced protective measures were put in place immediately. All residents will continue to be tested every three to seven days or with symptom identification until there are 14 days of no new cases. All staff members are being tested at the same frequency as residents.

 

September 8, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, three known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and three known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

September 3, 2021

At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, three known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and three known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

September 2, 2021

At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, three known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and two known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

September 1, 2021

At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, two known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and two known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Kidron Bethel Village: Through outbreak COVID testing, we are thrilled to report that all health care and assisted living resident and staff test results have remained negative.

Effective yesterday, August 31, the following resident life updates occurred. Health care and assisted living residents are able to be in and move around common spaces, wearing masks except when actively eating or drinking, not distanced if all participants are vaccinated:

  • Community dining in non-distanced gatherings resume
  • Group gatherings resume
  • Residents may access outdoor courtyards as they wish
  • Symptom check / vital sign frequency remains the same for now
  • Based on Harvey County COVID-19 infection rates, staff testing will continue weekly or as directed by CMS.

Indoor visitation and community outings continue to be paused at this time. Compassion visits will continue to be provided as needed. Scheduled outdoor visits and visiting rooms, window visits, phone calls, and virtual visits (FaceTime / Zoom, etc.) are strongly encouraged. Outdoor visits and visiting rooms are still available by appointment for any resident who tests negative. Schedule an outdoor visit or visiting room by calling 316-836-4800, Monday thru Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

 

August 28, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, seven known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and three known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

August 26, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, seven known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and two known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

August 25, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, six known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and two known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

August 24, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, seven known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and four known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

August 23, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, seven known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and three known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Schowalter Villa: Through outbreak COVID testing, we are thrilled to report that all resident and staff test results have remained negative.

Congratulations and THANK YOU to the specific nursing and support team on successfully containing the COVID infection to one room and preventing virus spread! 

Effective Friday, August 20 the following resident life updates occurred at the Villa Life Center:

Health care residents are able to move freely around health care, wearing masks except when actively eating or drinking, not distanced if all participants are vaccinated:

  • Community dining in non-distanced gatherings resume
  • Group gatherings resume
  • Chapel services include the ability for health care residents to attend in person
  • Residents may access outdoor courtyards as they wish
  • Symptom check / vital sign frequency remains the same for now

Assisted living residents continue to move freely around assisted living, wearing masks except when actively eating or drinking, not distanced if all participants are vaccinated.

  • Community dining in non-distanced gatherings resume
  • Group gatherings continue
  • At this time, assisted living residents will only come into health care for the following: Hair appointments in the Beauty Shop and spouse visits for those who have spouses in health care. Assisted living residents will not come into health care for other activities such as chapel.
  • Symptom check / vital sign frequency remains the same for now. 

 

August 20, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, seven known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and three known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

August 17, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, seven known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and five known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Kidron Bethel Village: A staff member who worked in health care tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with guidance from CMS, all outside visitation and visit rooms must be suspended immediately. Visits need to be window visits and electronic communications such as Facetime or Zoom.

Per our guidance from CMS:

  • All health care residents will be quarantined for the next 14 days. 
  • We will continue weekly testing of all staff and residents for the next two weeks. 
  • These interventions will remain in place until there has been a 14-day cycle of negative tests for residents and staff.

We will not send follow-up reports of completed test results. We will instead contact family members with any changes in their loved one’s conditions or upon any identification of positive results.

We share your disappointment in what has been constantly changing circumstances, and we recognize the emotional toll it has taken on residents, families and staff alike. The recent upswing in COVID infection rates due to the highly infectious Delta variant in Harvey and surrounding counties is alarming. This rise in cases includes both unvaccinated persons and breakthrough infections among vaccinated persons. We continue to experience breakthrough infections of vaccinated residents and staff. The best way you can help us is to remain vigilant following the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention and advocate with others to do the same. Thank you. 

 

August 16, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, four known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and four known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Kidron Bethel Village: As of late Saturday evening, a resident living in assisted living tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with guidance from CMS, all outside visitation must be suspended immediately. Visits need to be window visits and electronic communications such as Facetime or Zoom.

Per our guidance from CMS:

  • All assisted living residents will be quarantined for the next 14 days. 
  • We will continue weekly testing of all staff and residents for the next two weeks. 
  • These interventions will remain in place until there has been a 14-day cycle of negative tests for residents and staff.

We will not send follow-up reports of completed test results. We will instead contact family members with any changes in their loved one’s conditions or upon any identification of positive results.

 

August 14, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, two known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and three known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

August 12, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, one known active case at Kidron Bethel Village and three known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Yesterday, family contacts of Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa health care and assisted living residents received the following information:

Having in-person visitation and community outing options for residents of assisted living and health care has been wonderful over the last six months. Unfortunately, due to the recent and rapid increase in positive COVID-19 cases, the Harvey County Health Department (HCHD) has strongly recommended that we limit all visitation programs for the next six weeks.

Based on this recommendation, Bluestem Communities have made the difficult decision to place indoor visits and community outings on hold for the next six weeks. This decision was not made lightly, and we acknowledge how hard this is for residents and family members. We stand with them in disappointment and frustration at the resurgence of COVID in our community.

Kidron Bethel Village Specifics: This pause will be effective Thursday, August 12. All scheduled visitations for Thursday, August 12, and later are postponed, and those who have a time scheduled will receive a phone call to this effect.

At this time, there is not a positive test resulting in quarantine and residents may continue their normal activities with internal movement around the building, including meals and activities, being unchanged. Compassionate care visits will also continue on a case by case basis. Any further changes will be based on COVID test results.

Schowalter Villa Specifics: In-door visits will remain suspended and community outings will pause effective Thursday, August 12. We are currently required to repeat testing for Villa Life Center residents and staff on a weekly basis until all test results have been negative for 14 days.

Once we are cleared from our current positive status, residents will resume their normal activities with internal movement around the building, including meals and activities. Compassionate care visits will continue on a case by case basis. Any further changes will be based on COVID test results.

These updates are based on the recent and alarming upswing in COVID infection rates due to the highly infectious Delta variant in Harvey and surrounding counties. This rise in cases includes both unvaccinated persons and breakthrough infections among vaccinated persons. Over the last month, we have experienced several breakthrough infections of vaccinated residents and staff. Those we serve, the immunocompromised, and those with chronic health conditions are most likely to experience break-through infections and most likely to have serious illness. With area schools beginning this week, the health department anticipates increased spread as they are seeing the virus rapidly spreading via family units.

One thing that has not changed, we are here to serve residents with the utmost care and compassion. We will remain in consultation with HCHD and adjust any practices and policies as necessary to ensure the highest levels of health and safety for our community.

This is an effort to remain proactive as we have done throughout the last 16 months. Thank you for your continued understanding and support of this decision.

 

August 7, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, one known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and four known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Schowalter Villa: Late yesterday, Friday, August 6, during outbreak testing, a resident in health care tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with guidance from CMS, all visitation (both indoor and outdoor) must be suspended immediately for residents in the neighborhood affected by the positive case affects. Suspending visitation for the affected neighborhood includes: indoor and outdoor visits, as well as residents leaving for off-campus visits. Visits need to be window visits and electronic communications such as Facetime or Zoom. These interventions will remain in place until there has been a 14-day cycle of negative tests for residents and staff.

Visitation for residents living in unaffected neighborhoods may continue per the most recent guidelines, including:

  • No indoor visitation. Outdoor visits and studio visits are available by appointment.
  • Residents may continue to go out for outings. We STRONGLY DISCOURAGE taking residents to large indoor gatherings/events such as indoor dining at restaurants, family gatherings, worship services, sporting events, concerts, etc., especially when these events include people who are not vaccinated or who are not wearing masks. Please remember, the choices you make can have a huge impact on the life of your loved one and their neighbors.

 

August 6, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, one known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and three known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Schowalter Villa: Today, a second staff member who works in the Villa Life Center tested positive for COVID-19. This case starts over a 14-day cycle of weekly outbreak testing for all staff and residents in the building regardless of vaccination status. Indoor visitation continues to be suspended for the time being. 

 

August 4, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, one known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and two known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Schowalter Villa: Today, a staff member who works in the Villa Life Center tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with the most recent guidance from CMS, indoor visitation must be suspended immediately. In addition, we are required to initiate outbreak testing for all staff and residents in the building regardless of vaccination status. All staff and residents are being tested today. Visitation will be suspended until we meet the requirements for resuming visitation, which includes no additional COVID-19 positive cases.

August 3, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, one known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and one known active case at Schowalter Villa.

 

July 27, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and one known active case at Schowalter Villa. 

 

July 22, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, one known active case at Kidron Bethel Village and one known active case at Schowalter Villa. 

 

July 21, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, one known active case at Kidron Bethel Village and no known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

July 19, 2021

At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, three known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and no known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Kidron Bethel Village: From weekly testing conducted due to a positive case on July 12, one additional positive case was identified. Further communication has been sent to family contacts.

 

July 15, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, two known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and no known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Kidron Bethel Village: As of today all completed resident and staff tests have shown negative results following the identification of a positive staff member on Monday, July 12, 2021.

Based on the most recent guidance from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and with Harvey County Health Department agreement following the first round of testing with all negative results, visits inside health care and assisted living can resume effective tomorrow, July 16, 2021.  

We are required to repeat testing for staff and residents on a weekly basis through July 26. Residents will be tested next on July 19 and July 26.  If all results remain negative, resident outbreak testing will discontinue after July 27, 2021.  We are pleased to be back to this status for residents and their families, thank you for your support. 

 

July 12, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, two known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and no known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Kidron Bethel Village:  Today, a staff member in health care and assisted living tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with the most recent guidance from CMS, indoor visitation must be suspended immediately. In addition, we are required to initiate outbreak testing for all staff and residents in the building regardless of vaccination status. All staff and residents are being tested starting today. 

In building visitation is suspended until we meet the requirements for resuming visitation which includes no additional COVID-19 positive cases. Outdoor visits are still available by appointment for any resident who tests negative.

At this time, residents may continue their normal activities inside the building, and they may continue to go out for community outings. Internal movement around the building, including meals and activities, is unchanged. Any further updates will be based on test results.

Schowalter Villa:  As of today all completed resident and staff tests have shown negative results following the identification of a positive staff member on Friday, July 2, 2021.

Based on the most recent guidance from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and with Harvey County Health Department agreement following the first round of testing with all negative results, visits inside the Villa Life Center have resumed. 

We are required to repeat testing for Villa Life Center staff and residents on a weekly basis through July 16. Residents will be tested next on July 16.  If all results remain negative, resident outbreak testing will discontinue after July 16.  We are very pleased to be back to this status for residents and their families.

 

July 2, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and one known active case at Schowalter Villa.

Schowalter Villa:  Today, a staff member who works in the Villa Life Center tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with the most recent guidance from CMS, indoor visitation must be suspended immediately for assisted living and health care residents. In addition, we are required to initiate outbreak testing for all staff and residents in the building regardless of vaccination status. All staff and residents are being tested. 

In building visitation is suspended until we meet the requirements for resuming visitation which includes no additional COVID-19 positive cases. Outdoor visits and studio visits are still available by appointment for any resident who tests negative.

At this time, residents may continue their normal activities inside the Villa Life Center, and they may continue to go out for outings. Internal movement around the building, including meals and activities, is unchanged. Any further updates will be based on test results.

 

June 30, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

June 23, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

June 16, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

June 9, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

June 2, 2021 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and no known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

May 27, 2021 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and no known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

May 26, 2021 
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and no known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

May 19, 2021 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and one known active case at Schowalter Villa.

 

May 12, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and one known active case at Schowalter Villa.

 

May 5, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

April 28, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

April 21, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and one known active case at Schowalter Villa.

 

April 19, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and one known active case at Schowalter Villa.

 

April 14, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

April 13, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

April 7, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, one known active case at Kidron Bethel Village and no known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

April 3, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, two known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and one known active case at Schowalter Villa.

 

March 31, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, one known active case at Kidron Bethel Village and one known active case at Schowalter Villa.

 

March 24, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, one known active case at Kidron Bethel Village and one known active case at Schowalter Villa.

 

March 17, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

March 10, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and one known active case at Schowalter Villa.

 

March 3, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

February 24, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

February 17, 2021 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and no known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

February 10, 2021 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and no known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

February 3, 2021 
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and no known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa: Walgreens Pharmacy administered the second dose of the Pfizer COVD-19 vaccine for most health care and assisted living residents and staff who wanted to receive the vaccine.  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has clearly stated that at this time, they are not making any changes to the regulatory requirements/guidance given for long term care resident’s care and COVID prevention/control. 

We have been reviewing guidance from CMS, CDC, and KDHE and are looking for ways we can update policies for resident life two weeks after the majority of residents received their second dose. Updated policies related to resident life during the COVID pandemic will be completed in consultation with Harvey County Health Department and approved by the Medical Directors at each location. We will inform residents, their loved ones, and staff as soon as we have an approved plan.

 

January 29, 2021 
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and three known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Schowalter Villa: We are very pleased that all COVID-19 test results for health care residents and health care staff have returned with negative findings. Starting today, health care residents were invited to return to their former level of activity. Residents may now dine in neighborhood dining rooms, attend small gatherings for activities, exercise and conversations (10 or fewer people in the group at a time). Residents are welcome to enjoy studio vistis with family members and outdoor time in their neighborhood courtyard including walks and patio time as weather allows.

 

January 27, 2021 
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and three known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

January 21, 2021 
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and seven known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Schowalter Villa: Health care residents and staff had another round of COVID testing this week due to the positive resident case we reported on January 8.  The results of all residents who were tested are back with all negative findings and the resident who had COVID has recovered.  There were no staff positive results that have affected the length of quarantine for residents. All health care residents will be tested again on Tuesday, January 26. All staff members continue to be tested two times per week.

As of today, health care residents are no longer in full quarantine. Residents may now return to modified quarantine, which means, in coordination with staff, they may leave their home as long as there is only one person in the hall or public space at a time. This includes studio visits, trio bike rides, coffee in the dining room, time in the library and neighborhood courtyard. Health care residents will remain in modified quarantine until no further positive results have been identified through January 28 based on the last positive staff result.  

 

January 20, 2021 
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and seven known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

January 15, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, four known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and thirteen known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

January 14, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, four known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and thirteen known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Kidron Bethel Village: Staff and health care resident COVID-19 testing have indicated no additional positive results in health care. Health care residents ended the 14-day quarantine yesterday, Wednesday, January 13. This is very encouraging news for all of us. At this time, testing of health care residents is discontinued until the identification of a staff or resident positive test result. All staff members will continue to be tested two times per week. Health care residents have resumed activities and dining in the dining room while maintaining appropriate physical distance. Lifting of quarantine also means that health care residents may resume visitation in the visiting room. 

Most health care and assisted living residents and many staff have the second vaccine dose scheduled on January 30. There is a required period of time after the second vaccine is administered before an individual is considered immunized. We are hearing many questions concerning how the vaccine will positively impact life. We are reviewing all vaccine information from the CDC and will be working with Harvey County Health Department to develop a plan for safely resuming activities including family visits.  This is a high priority. We want residents to enjoy the benefits of increased choices and options as soon as possible. As soon as we have clear direction established we will inform residents, family and staff of the timeline and plan.

 

January 13, 2021 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, four known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and thirteen known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

 

January 12, 2021 
At this time there are two known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, three known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and thirteen known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

 

January 8, 2021 
At this time there are two known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, five known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and eight known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Schowalter Villa:  Schowalter Villa conducted staff and health care resident testing for COVID-19 this week. We have received negative results for all health care residents that were tested on Tuesday, January 5. However, a health care resident recently admitted has tested positive. At this time, this resident remains asymptomatic and is being closely monitored.  All resident admissions involve a 14-day precautionary isolation period at the beginning of the stay to prevent transmission as a result of unknown preadmission COVID exposure. 

As a result of these positive findings, all health care residents will remain in full quarantine to inhibit potential spread. This will continue until we have 14 days of no new cases. This is disappointing for all of us. Health care residents will be retested on Tuesday, January 12. All staff members will continue to be tested two times per week.

Most health care and assisted living residents and many staff have the second vaccine dose scheduled on January 23. There is a required period of time after the second vaccine is administered before an individual is considered immunized. We are hearing many questions concerning how the vaccine will positively impact life. We are reviewing all vaccine information from the CDC and will be working with Harvey County Health Department to develop a plan for safely resuming activities including family visits.  This is a high priority. We want residents to enjoy the benefits of increased choices and options as soon as possible. As soon as we have clear direction established we will inform residents, family and staff of the timeline and plan.

 

January 6, 2021 
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, five known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and eight known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

January 5, 2021 
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, five known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and eight known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Kidron Bethel Village: Kidron Bethel Village again conducted staff and health care resident testing for COVID-19. The results of all health care residents who were tested are negative. Staff testing indicated one additional positive staff result. As a result of this positive finding, all health care residents will remain in full quarantine to inhibit potential spread. We are continuing weekly testing for health care residents until all results have been negative for 14 days. Health care residents will be retested on Monday, January 11. All staff members will continue to be tested two times per week.

 

January 4, 2021 
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, four known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and eight known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Schowalter Villa: Schowalter Villa again conducted staff and health care resident testing for COVID-19 last week. The results of all health care residents who were tested are negative. Staff testing indicated three additional positive staff results. As a result of these positive findings, all health care residents will remain in full quarantine to inhibit potential spread. This will continue until we have 14 days of no new cases. We share disappointment with residents and family in the necessity to continue full quarantine. We are continuing weekly testing for health care residents until all results have been negative for 14 days. Health care residents will be retested on Tuesday, January 5. All staff members will continue to be tested two times per week.

On Saturday, January 2 Walgreens conducted a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic for all health care and assisted living residents and many staff of the Villa Life Center. The clinic went very smoothly and the second dose and round of vaccines will be given on Saturday, January 23.

 

January 2, 2021 
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and seven known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

December 30, 2020 
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, no known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and five known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

December 24, 2020 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, six known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and seven known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Schowalter Villa: Schowalter Villa health care and assisted living residents had a round of testing this week. The results of all residents who were tested are back with all negative findings. 

We are required to repeat testing for residents on a weekly basis until all results for residents and staff are negative for 14 days. Health care residents are scheduled for testing again on December 29 and January 5. Assisted living residents will be tested again on December 28. All staff members continue to be COVID-19 tested twice weekly. 

We anticipate CMS will loosen restrictions when vaccination coverage is at a high enough level to protect residents and staff. Every person who participates in receiving the vaccine will strengthen the protection for residents, staff and the community. 

 

December 23, 2020 
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, six known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and seven known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

December 22, 2020 
At this time there are three known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, six known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and ten known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Kidron Bethel Village: Kidron Bethel Village health care residents had a round of testing yesterday due to the positive staff cases we reported the week of December 7. The results of all residents who were tested are back with all negative findings. We continue to be very grateful for this news.

All staff members continue to be COVID-19 tested twice weekly due to the Harvey County positivity rate per CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) regulations. During this routine surveillance testing, one additional staff positive was identified. We are required to repeat this testing on a weekly basis until all results have been negative for 14 days for health care staff and residents. Health care residents will be tested weekly on Mondays with the next two tests occurring on December 28 and January 4.

We anticipate CMS will loosen restrictions when vaccination coverage is at a high enough level to protect residents and staff. Every person who participates in receiving the vaccine will strengthen the protection for residents, staff and the community. 

 

December 19, 2020 
At this time there are three known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, ten known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and ten known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Schowalter Villa: Schowalter Villa conducted staff and health care resident testing for COVID-19 this week. Of all health care residents that were tested on Wednesday December 16, one health care resident tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, this resident remains asymptomatic and is being closely monitored. 

Advanced protective measures were put in place immediately for resident care to minimize the risk of transmission and we have taken full PPE precautions as required by Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). We have notified public health officials and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). We will continue to monitor residents closely. 

 

December 18, 2020 
At this time there are three known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, ten known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and seven known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Schowalter Villa: As you may know, Schowalter Villa health care residents had another round of COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, December 16. We have not received results from testing and don’t expect they will be available until later into this upcoming weekend. 

A staff member who worked in Mullet Place Assisted Living has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The staff member was away from work on the day the symptoms began and has remained away since then, however the timing of the symptom development is close enough to require exposure precautions. At this time, no residents are showing symptoms. We have been in communication with public health officials and continue to follow procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

 

December 16, 2020 
At this time there are three known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, ten known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and six known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

December 11, 2020 
At this time there are two known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, five known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and eleven known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

December 10, 2020 
At this time there are two known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, four known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and ten known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Kidron Bethel Village: All staff members continue to be COVID-19 tested twice weekly due to the Harvey County positivity rate per CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid) regulations. Today, a health care staff member tested positive for COVID-19. This person did not have symptoms and last worked on December 9.

Immediate precautions were put into place and per requirements, all health care residents returned to a modified quarantine today. Health care residents will be tested weekly. We are required to repeat this testing on a weekly basis until all results have been negative for 14 days.

Due to quarantine being reinstated; in-person health care resident visitation will be postponed at this time.

 

December 9, 2020 
At this time there are two known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, three known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and nine known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

December 4, 2020 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, four known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and seven known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Schowalter Villa: Schowalter Villa health care and assisted living residents had another round of testing this week due to the positive staff cases we reported during the week of November 15. The results of all residents who were tested are back with all negative findings. 

As of yesterday, December 3, two new positive health care staff results were identified. Both were asymptomatic and identified during routine testing. These individuals were immediately sent home following testing. For the time being, health care residents remain in modified quarantine, which means, in coordination with staff, they may leave their home as long as there is only one person in the hall or public space at a time. Residents will remain in this modified quarantine until we have completed 14 days from December 3, with no staff or resident positive results.

Health care residents will continue to be tested weekly on Wednesdays with the next test occurring on December 9 and we anticipate receiving results from the lab by sometime on Friday, December 11.

Routine testing of all assisted living staff has remained negative for the 14 day period. As of today at lunch time, assisted living residents were invited to return to their former level of activity. Residents may be out of their homes as they wish and are no longer limited to one resident in the hallways at a time. Physical distancing of 6 feet apart and wearing masks is still required. Dining in the Community Room and Hesston Bakery & Cafe resumed today at lunch, one person per table (unless married couple). Small gatherings for activities and exercise classes are resuming (10 or fewer people in the group at a time). Weather permitting, outdoor visits resume tomorrow, Saturday, December 5. Studio visits, window visits and digital visits continue to be an option.

All staff members continue to be tested two times per week. This frequency is determined by the number of COVID-19 cases in Harvey County.

With county, state and national positivity rates remaining high, we ask that you join us and the greater community in bringing them back down. Be an advocate for wearing face masks, observing social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene. It takes everyone following these guidelines to make an impact and eventually allow more normalcy for everyone – residents, staff, family members and the community.

 

December 2, 2020 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, four known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and four known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

November 27, 2020 
At this time there are two known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, three known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and twelve known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Kidron Bethel Village:  Kidron Bethel Village health care residents had another round of testing this week due to the positive staff cases we reported during the week of November 9. The results of all residents who were tested are back with all negative findings. Staff testing has also indicated no additional staff positive results in health care. Due to the total number of COVID-19 cases in Harvey County, staff testing will continue two times per week per CMS requirements.

With this week’s testing, health care residents have completed testing for COVID-19 two weeks in a row and remain negative. Testing of residents will be discontinued until the identification of a staff or resident positive test result. If there is no further staff or resident related positive test results in health care, the last day of the 14 day required quarantine will be on November 29 and health care residents will resume their prior level of activity on the evening of November 30.

As of November 13, testing of assisted living residents was discontinued and residents resumed activities and dining in the dining room while maintaining appropriate physical distance. 

Schowalter Villa: Schowalter Villa health care and assisted living residents had another round of testing this week due to the positive staff cases we reported during the week of November 15. The results of all residents who were tested are back with all negative findings. All residents will be tested again on Wednesday, December 2 and we anticipate receiving results from the lab by sometime on Friday, December 4.  

As of today, the last possible staff positive exposure in health care and assisted living was on Wednesday November 18. Residents will remain in modified quarantine until the results of the testing completed on Wednesday December 2 are known. 

In this season of thanksgiving, we are grateful for this good news.

 

November 25, 2020 
At this time there are two known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, three known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and twelve known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Wishing you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Here are some recommendations from the CDC on celebrating Thanksgiving this year with your family. 

 

November 23, 2020 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, six known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and eleven known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

November 20, 2020 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, five known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and eleven known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

We have joined the community wide effort led by Newton Medical Cener to help keep our communities safe. With COVID-19 rapidly spreading through our communities, we must call upon one another to help in this critical time. We need to join together to help keep our families and loved ones safe. Help keep our co-workers, classmates and neighbors safe. Help keep our frontline workers and healthcare workers safe. Help keep our communities safe. Keeping one another safe is a choice. Choose wisely. Today Newton Medical Center held a press conference to relay this information. View the follow-up article from Harvey County Now to learn more about the “Choose Wisely” campaign.

 

November 18, 2020 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, five known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and nine known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

November 16, 2020 
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, five known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and fourteen known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Schowalter Villa: As you know, we are routinely conducting staff testing two times per week based on the high Harvey County percent of positive COVID-19 cases. Our most recent round of this revealed two preliminary positive staff results. Both staff members were immediately sent home and referred to the health department. One of the positive individuals had worked in assisted living and developed symptoms less than 48 hours after the last work date, which is indicative of an exposure risk. As a result of this positive finding, based on the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) requirements, we will resume weekly testing for assisted living residents. We are required to repeat this testing on a weekly basis until all test results have been negative for 14 days. All assisted living residents will be tested again on Wednesday, November 18.

 

November 13, 2020 
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, six known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and twelve known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Schowalter Villa: As a Life Plan Community, Schowalter Villa has staff working throughout its campus. Two staff recovered and there was one new staff positive. This staff member works in other areas of campus and does not have interactions with residents.

 

November 11, 2020 
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, six known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and fourteen known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

November 10, 2020 
At this time there are three known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, nine known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and fourteen known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

November 6, 2020 
At this time there are seven known active cases of COVID-19 at Kidron Bethel Village and thirteen known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Schowalter Villa: As a Life Plan Community, Schowalter Villa has staff working and residents living throughout its campus. The additional staff and resident positive cases noted on the test results link are among independent living residents and the broader campus staff. Please be assured we will contact individuals directly if an exposure results in a possible risk to residents or changes the way in which individuals live on our campus.

 

November 5, 2020 
At this time there are seven known active cases of COVID-19 at Kidron Bethel Village and eleven known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Kidron Bethel Village:  This week at Kidron Bethel Village, we conducted additional staff and resident testing for COVID-19. This required testing was triggered by our reporting of an additional staff member testing positive of COVID-19 on October 26. At the same time, CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid) has required that we test all staff twice each week. This requirement is triggered by the number of COVID-19 cases in Harvey County.

All assisted living and health care residents were tested on November 2. All residents have tested negative. We are happy to report that the resident who had symptoms is no longer showing symptoms and has been released from isolation. During this routine surveillance testing, two additional staff positives were identified. They were asymptomatic and due to the last time these staff members worked, Harvey County Health Department determined there is no concern of exposure to residents or staff.

We are required to repeat this testing on a weekly basis until all results have been negative for 14 days. Health care and assisted living residents will be tested again on November 11.  All staff members will continue to be tested per CMS requirements.  

Cases in Harvey County are exponentially on the rise and all of us have experienced, first hand, the consequences of COVID infection in our building. We ask that you continue to partner with us in the fight against COVID and advocate with the greater community regarding the importance of wearing face masks, practicing social distancing, good hand hygiene, and avoiding large groups and gatherings.  

 

November 4, 2020 
At this time there are seven known active cases of COVID-19 at Kidron Bethel Village and eleven known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Schowalter Villa: This week at Schowalter Villa, we conducted additional rounds of staff and resident testing for COVID-19 in health care and assisted living. This required testing was triggered by our reporting of one employee who was tested positive for COVID-19 on October 22 and worked in the Villa Life Center (assisted living and health care combined). At the same time, CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid) has required that we test all staff twice each week. This requirement is triggered by the number of COVID-19 cases in Harvey County.

All assisted living and health care residents were tested on November 2. As a result of precautionary testing, one health care resident tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, the resident remains asymptomatic and is being closely monitored.  Staff testing indicated two additional staff positive results. Advanced protective measures were put in place immediately to minimize the risk of transmission, and we have taken full PPE precautions as required by CMS.  We have notified public health officials as r