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Information and Updates Concerning the Coronavirus

October, 05, 2022

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.

COVID-19 COMMUNITY LEVELS BY COUNTY: CDC U.S. Map link

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

Harvey County    McPherson County    Reno County 

Assisted Living and Health Care Printable Visit Guidelines Pamphlet:

Kidron Bethel Village     Schowalter Villa

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.

 

October 5, 2022

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.

 

September 27, 2022

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

 

September 21, 2022

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

 

September 14, 2022

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

 

September 7, 2022

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

 

September 5, 2022

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

 

September 1, 2022

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

 

August 31, 2022

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

 

August 30, 2022

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

 

August 29, 2022

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

 

August 26, 2022

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.

 

August 25, 2022

At this time there are no 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.

 

August 23, 2022

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

 

August 20, 2022

At this time there are four 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.

 

August 16, 2022

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

 

August 13, 2022

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

Kidron Bethel Village: As you may be aware, we are experiencing very high levels of COVID community transmission in Harvey County.  Over the last several days, health care resident and staff COVID positives cases have been identified.

At this time, the positive resident cases affect one health care neighborhood, Sunny Brook (south hall). The residents are currently exhibiting little to no symptoms, for which we are grateful. Residents living in Sunny Brook will dine in their rooms until all health care resident test results are negative. As long as the resident is not in isolation, they may continue to leave on community outings. Visitation is unchanged. Residents may continue to receive visitors, if they choose. Thank you for your assistance in reporting any symptom, no matter how mild, to the screener and continuing to wear your mask when you visit.  

These interventions will remain in place until there has been a 14-day cycle of negative tests for all health care residents. With the high transmission rate in the community, all staff, regardless of vaccination status, continue to be tested twice a week and with any report of symptoms.

 

August 10, 2022

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

 

August 9, 2022

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

 

August 4, 2022

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

 

August 3, 2022

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

Schowalter Villa: Harvey County is currently experiencing high overall county transmission rates. Over the last several days, resident and staff positives cases have been identified. On July 19 we resumed outbreak testing with health care residents, which has helped us be proactive as we work diligently to identify, contain and prevent infection.

At this time, the positive resident cases affect one health care neighborhood, North Meadows(500 and 600 hall). Residents living in North Meadows will dine in their rooms until all resident test results are negative. As long as the resident is not in isolation, they may continue to leave on community outings. Visitation is unchanged. Residents may continue to receive visitors if they choose. 

The current interventions will remain in effect until 14 days have passed with no positive test results. All staff, regardless of vaccination status, continue to be tested twice a week and with any report of symptoms. Thank you for your continued support.

 

August 1, 2022

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

 

July 29, 2022

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

 

July 28, 2022

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

 

July 27, 2022

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

 

July 25, 2022

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

 

July 21, 2022

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

Schowalter Villa: A resident who lives in health care, North Meadows(500 and 600 hall) neighborhood, has tested positive for COVID. Due to this result, residents living in North Meadows will dine in their rooms until all resident test results are negative. Any North Meadows resident who is up to date with vaccination may spend time in their own neighborhood public spaces and may choose to join neighborhood-specific group activities. They are urged to wear a mask over their mouth and nose when out of their room or while any staff members or visitors are in their room. As long as the resident is not in isolation, they may continue to leave on community outings. Visitation is unchanged. Residents may continue to receive visitors if they choose. 

The current interventions will remain in effect until 14 days have passed with no positive test results. All staff, regardless of vaccination status, continue to be tested twice a week and with any report of symptoms. Thank you for your continued support.

 

July 20, 2022

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

 

July 19, 2022

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

 

July 15, 2022

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

 

July 13, 2022

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

 

July 11, 2022

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

 

July 9, 2022

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

 

July 8, 2022

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

 

July 6, 2022

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

 

July 5, 2022

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

 

July 1, 2022

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

 

June 29, 2022

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.

 

June 28, 2022

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

 

June 27, 2022

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.

 

June 26, 2022

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

 

June 25, 2022

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

 

June 22, 2022

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

 

June 20, 2022

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

 

June 19, 2022

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

 

June 15, 2022

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

 

June 13, 2022

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

 

June 9, 2022

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

 

June 8, 2022

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

 

June 3, 2022

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

 

June 2, 2022

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.

 

May 31, 2022

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.

 

May 26, 2022

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 25, 2022

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 18, 2022

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.

 

May 11, 2022

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.

 

May 9, 2022

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.

Schowalter Villa: Assisted living residents will continue dining distanced in the community room until 14 days have passed, through May 12, with no further positive tests. At this time they may spend time in their neighborhood public spaces and attend neighborhood-specific group activities. They are urged to wear a mask over their mouth and nose when out of their room or while any staff members or visitors are in their room. As long as the resident is not in isolation, they may continue to leave on community outings. Visitation is unchanged. Residents may continue to receive visitors if they choose.

 

May 4, 2022

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

Schowalter Villa: Beginning today, based on two cycles of negative lab tests for assisted living residents and with increased precautionary measures, assisted living residents are invited to dine, distanced, in the community room.  They may spend time in their neighborhood public spaces and attend neighborhood-specific group activities. They are urged to wear a mask over their mouth and nose when out of their room or while any staff members or visitors are in their room. As long as the resident is not in isolation, they may continue to leave on community outings. Visitation is unchanged. Residents may continue to receive visitors if they choose. 

 

May 3, 2022

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

 

May 2, 2022

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

Schowalter Villa: An initial positive test result identified for a resident in West Gardens neighborhood(300 and 400 hall) was determined to be a false positive after additional follow-up PCR tests were performed. West Gardens residents have resumed dining in the dining room. 

As stated on April 29, a resident living in assisted living has tested positive for COVID. Due to this result, residents living in assisted living will dine in their rooms until all resident test results are negative. Any assisted living resident who is well may spend time in their own neighborhood public spaces and will have neighborhood-specific group activities. They are urged to wear a mask over their mouth and nose when out of their room or while any staff members or visitors are in their room. As long as the resident is not in isolation, they may continue to leave on community outings. Visitation is unchanged. Residents may continue to receive visitors if they choose. 

The current interventions will remain in effect until 14 days have passed with no positive test results. All staff, regardless of vaccination status, will be tested twice a week and with any report of symptoms. 

 

April 29, 2022

At this time there are no 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.

Schowalter Villa: A resident who lives in health care, West Gardens(300 and 400 hall)neighborhood and a resident living in assisted living have tested positive for COVID. Due to this result, residents living in West Gardens and assisted living will dine in their rooms until all resident test results are negative. Any West Gardens or assisted living resident who is well may spend time in their own neighborhood public spaces and will have neighborhood-specific group activities. They are urged to wear a mask over their mouth and nose when out of their room or while any staff members or visitors are in their room. As long as the resident is not in isolation, they may continue to leave on community outings. Visitation is unchanged. Residents may continue to receive visitors if they choose. 

The current interventions will remain in effect until 14 days have passed with no positive test results. All staff, regardless of vaccination status, will be tested twice a week and with any report of symptoms. Thank you for your continued support.

 

April 26, 2022

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.

 

April 23, 2022

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.

 

April 20, 2022

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.

 

April 18, 2022

At this time there are no 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.

 

April 15, 2022

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 13, 2022

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

 

April 6, 2022

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

Schowalter Villa: At this time, the positive resident cases affect three health care neighborhoods, East Terrace(100 hall), Central Park(200 hall), and West Gardens(300 and 400 hall). With this development, and in following CMS guidance, we have implemented resident life updates in health care and have communicated those details with health care family contacts through email. 

We have also received questions as to why we’re experiencing positive results when overall county transmission rate is down. As you may know, county rates are down but not completely gone. COVID is still present in all of our lives. We also serve a population that is most susceptible. We are grateful to report that at this time, all residents who have tested positive are doing well. Infection prevention guidelines are in place to help identify, contain and prevent infection. We continue to follow these, being proactive, as we now consider COVID to be endemic.  

 

April 1, 2022

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

 

March 30, 2022

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

 

March 29, 2022

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

 

March 28, 2022

At this time there are no 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.

 

March 25, 2022

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

 

March 23, 2022

At this time there are no 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.

 

March 22, 2022

At this time there are no 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.

 

March 18, 2022

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

 

March 16, 2022

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 15, 2022

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 9, 2022

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

 

March 4, 2022

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

 

March 2, 2022

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

We have received questions about if Bluestem Communities has changed visitor or mask protocol due to the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 updates. As required, we continue to follow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines and there have been no changes in current practice.

CDC’s website currently states, the new COVID-19 community levels recommendations do not apply in healthcare settings. Instead, healthcare settings should continue to use community transmission rates and follow CDC’s infection prevention and control recommendations for healthcare settings. Ultimately, the requirements within assisted living and health care resident living settings such as masking wearing, social distancing, visiting, testing frequency, etc. are determined by CMS and may change depending on the current COVID status of each living area.

 

February 24, 2022

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

 

February 23, 2022

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.

 

February 17, 2022

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.

 

February 16, 2022

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.

 

February 15, 2022

At this time there are four 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.

 

February 12, 2022

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

 

February 9, 2022

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

 

February 8, 2022

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

 

February 4, 2022

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

 

February 2, 2022

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

Schowalter Villa: Although we are rejoicing that many staff and residents have recently recovered from COVID, we continue to experience positive COVID results. Conducting outbreak testing has helped us be proactive as we work diligently to identify, contain and prevent infection. Results of the most recent PCR testing for residents in assisted living and health care revealed two new positive residents in assisted living and one in health care. In all cases, the residents are either asymptomatic or only mildly symptomatic, for which we are grateful. Based on updated guidance from CMS, strategies to prevent the spread of infection have been implemented and communicated with family members. 

Visitation is unchanged. Residents may continue to receive visitors, if they choose. If the resident is in isolation, we strongly recommend alternate options rather than in-person visits. Please be assured that if your loved one tests positive or there are changes in their health, the resident’s DPOA for health care will be contacted immediately. These interventions will remain in place until there has been a 14-day cycle of negative tests for all residents. The next round of resident outbreak testing is Thursday, February 3, 2022. All staff testing continue with testing two times per week and with any report of symptoms. We have been conducting outbreak testing for all health care and assisted living residents since positive staff results were identified in early January. 

 

February 1, 2022

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

 

January 31, 2022

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

 

January 28, 2022

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

 

January 27, 2022

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

Schowalter Villa: Like others in health care as well as other sectors in our county and state, COVID cases have increased significantly among staff in health care, across our campus and in health care residents. As you may know, the current omicron variant is highly infectious and even vaccinated people are becoming infected. We recognize the toll this has taken on our entire community, and offer assurance that we are working diligently to identify, contain and prevent infection. Currently, we have five COVID positive residents in health care. Based on updated guidance from CMS, strategies to prevent the spread of infection have been implemented and communicated with family members. 

Visitation is unchanged. Residents may continue to receive visitors, if they choose. If the resident is in isolation, we strongly recommend alternate options rather than in-person visits. Please be assured that if your loved one tests positive or there are changes in their health, the resident’s DPOA for health care will be contacted immediately. These interventions will remain in place until there has been a 14-day cycle of negative tests for all health care residents. The next round of resident outbreak testing is Friday, January 28, 2022. All staff testing continue with testing two times per week and with any report of symptoms. We have been conducting outbreak testing for all health care and assisted living residents since positive staff results were identified in early January. 

 

January 26, 2022

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

 

January 25, 2022

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

 

January 24, 2022

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

 

January 21, 2022

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

 

January 20, 2022

At this time there are five known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem PACE, sixty-four known active cases at Kidron Bethel Village and forty-eight known active cases at Schowalter Villa.


January 19, 2022

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


January 17, 2022

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

 

January 16, 2022

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

Kidron Bethel Village: Three residents in health care have tested positive for COVID and are now in isolation. At this time, they are exhibiting little to no symptoms, for which we are grateful. Based on updated guidance from CMS, strategies to prevent the spread of infection have been implemented and communicated with family members. Visitation is unchanged. Residents may continue to receive visitors, if they choose. If the resident is in isolation, we strongly recommend alternate options rather than in-person visits. Please be assured that if your loved one tests positive or there are changes in their health, the resident’s DPOA for health care will be contacted immediately. These interventions will remain in place until there has been a 14-day cycle of negative tests for all health care residents. The next round of resident outbreak testing will occur January 17, 2022. All staff are being tested two times per week regardless of vaccination status.

 

January 15, 2022

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

 

January 14, 2022

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

 

January 13, 2022

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

Schowalter Villa: Three residents in health care have tested positive for COVID and are now in isolation. At this time, they are exhibiting little to no symptoms, for which we are grateful. Based on updated guidance from CMS, strategies to prevent the spread of infection have been implemented and communicated with family members. Visitation is unchanged. Residents may continue to receive visitors, if they choose. If the resident is in isolation, we strongly recommend alternate options rather than in-person visits. Please be assured that if your loved one tests positive or there are changes in their health, the resident’s DPOA for health care will be contacted immediately. These interventions will remain in place until there has been a 14-day cycle of negative tests for all health care residents. The next round of resident outbreak testing will occur tomorrow, Friday, January 14, 2022. All staff are being tested two times per week regardless of vaccination status.

 

January 12, 2022

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

 

January 10, 2022

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

 

January 7, 2022

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

 

January 5, 2022

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

 

January 4, 2022

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

 

December 31, 2021

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

 

December 29, 2021

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

 

December 24, 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 four known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

December 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 four known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

December 20, 2021

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

 

December 15, 2021

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

 

December 13, 2021

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

 

December 8, 2021

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

 

December 1, 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.

 

November 29, 2021

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

 

November 24, 2021

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

 

November 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 three known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa: On Friday, November 12, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released updated guidelines for nursing home visitation (CMS QSO-20-39-NH rev 11-12-21). We are thrilled that CMS is acknowledging the toll that quarantine and isolation has had on residents in the long-term care setting and is recognizing the importance of mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, giving residents the right to make more choices regarding their lives. Starting immediately, fully vaccinated residents can enjoy greater flexibility and increased opportunities for social interactions.

Updated in-room visits, community outings and outdoor visit details have been distributed to all health care and assisted living residents and their contacts. In addition, when visiting a resident, these details can be picked up at our screening stations. We are encouraged by this positive change and thank you for partnering with us as we work together to move closer to the “daily life” we knew prior to the pandemic.

 

November 17, 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 two known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

November 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 two known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Kidron Bethel Village: The 14-day period from the last positive test result has been completed and all residents and staff have tested negative. We know this has been a challenging time for residents and their loved ones. Thank you for your support and understanding. As of tomorrow, Saturday, November 13, resident life for those living in health care can resume to how it was prior to this quarantine period which provides residents the options of distanced dining, distanced meetings in small groups, and the ability to receive visitors in person. In-person visit practices remain unchanged from prior flexible visit periods. 

We are very concerned about the ongoing high community transmission rate in Harvey County. We recognize that even people who are fully vaccinated are experiencing break-through infection, though in most instances, the infection is less severe. With this in mind, we respectfully ask that anyone with even slight symptoms such as runny nose or congestion not visit while experiencing these symptoms. All other practices are continuing including keeping masks on at all times while visiting; not eating or drinking with residents; going directly to and from the visit; and not spending time in public spaces including dining areas, etc. 

 

November 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 two known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Kidron Bethel Village: At this time, there are no known active cases of COVID-19 in health care or among staff members. We will test all staff and residents again tomorrow. If test results remain negative, the health care quarantine will be lifted. We hope to have all test results back on Friday, November 12. Once we have all results, we will inform family contacts as soon as we can with additional updates and details. 

 

November 5, 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 four known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

Kidron Bethel Village: At this time, there are no known active cases of COVID-19 in health care or among staff members. We will test all staff and residents again next week. If test results remain negative, the quarantine will be lifted. Once we have all test results and if they remain negative, we will inform family contacts accordingly. We are very grateful for these uplifting results.


November 4, 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 four known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

November 1, 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 three known active cases at Schowalter Villa.

 

October 27, 2021

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

Schowalter Villa: The 14-day period from the last positive test result has been completed and all residents in West Gardens neighborhood (300 and 400 hall) have remained free of COVID infection.  We are so grateful for this result. As of yesterday, Tuesday, October 26, resident life in West Gardens has advanced to “Adapted Choice” which provides residents the options of distanced dining, distanced meetings in small groups, attending chapel and the ability to receive visitors in person without special arrangements. In-person visit practices remain unchanged from prior flexible visit periods. Now that all residents are in adapted choice, health care residents may resume crossing neighborhoods. 

We are very concerned about the ongoing high community transmission rate in Harvey County.  The rate of active cases in our county increased dramatically again in the last week, demonstrating that the community risk for transmission may still be problematic for our staff and residents. Even people who are fully vaccinated are experiencing break-through infection, though in most instances, the infection is less severe. With this in mind, we respectfully ask that anyone with even slight symptoms such as runny nose or congestion not visit while experiencing these symptoms. All other practices are continuing including keeping masks on at all times while in the Villa Life Center and visiting; not eating or drinking with residents; going directly to and from the visit; and not spending time in public spaces including dining areas, etc. 

 

October 22, 2021

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

 

October 21, 2021

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

 

October 20, 2021

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

 

October 18, 2021

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

 

October 16, 2021

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

 

October 15, 2021

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

 

October 14, 2021

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

Kidron Bethel Village: Due to positive COVID-19 cases identified on Saturday, October 9, outbreak COVID testing was conducted this week with all health care and assisted living residents and staff members. Through this testing, an additional five health care residents and five health care staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Advanced protective measures to minimize the risk of transmission and full PPE precautions as required by CMS have been in place since October 5 when the first health care resident tested positive. We notified public health officials as required and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

Family members of these residents have been notified and please be assured that if your loved one tests positive or there are changes in their health, the resident’s DPOA for health care will be contacted immediately. Our focus remains on the health and well-being of our community and we will continue to monitor residents closely. We are continuing weekly testing for all staff, health care and assisted living residents until all results have been negative for 14 days. We will test again on Friday, October 15 and again on Tuesday, October 19. Thank you for your continued support and trust during this time.

Schowalter Villa: For the families and loved ones who received an email update on Tuesday, October 12, an added clarification, modified quarantine and temporary in-person visit suspension in health care affects only residents who live in West Gardens (300 and 400 hall).  All other residents in health care may continue to receive in-person visits. Thank you. 

 

October 12, 2021

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

Schowalter Villa:  A staff member who worked in assisted living and health care’s West Gardens neighborhood has been confirmed to be positive for COVID today.  As a result, residents in assisted living and West Gardens will participate in outbreak testing tomorrow. At this time, no additional staff or residents are showing symptoms. Assisted living and West Gardens residents will be in modified quarantine. In-room visits for these residents are temporarily suspended at least until the results of outbreak testing have been received. 

These interventions will remain in place until there has been a 14-day cycle of negative tests for residents and staff. The next round of resident outbreak testing will occur on Monday, October 18, 2021. 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. Please be assured that if a resident tests positive or there are changes in their health, the resident’s DPOA for health care will be contacted immediately.

 

October 11, 2021

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

 

October 9, 2021

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

Kidron Bethel Village: As COVID has taught us, situations are ever-changing and can be unpredictable. This morning a staff member and two health care residents have tested positive for COVID. They were tested due to symptoms. As a result of these positive findings, all health care residents will be in full quarantine to inhibit potential spread. This will continue until we have 14 days of no new cases. At this time, this does not affect residents living in assisted living. Please be assured that if a resident tests positive or there are changes in their health, the resident’s DPOA for health care will be contacted immediately.

We are continuing weekly testing for all staff, health care and assisted living residents until all results have been negative for 14 days. The next testing dates are Monday, October 11 and Monday, October 18.

 

October 8, 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 one known active case at Schowalter Villa.  

Kidron Bethel Village: Good news! Results from the PCR tests completed for all healthcare and assisted living residents and staff did not turn up any new positive cases, other than the confirmed resident positive case. For this reason, we are able to lift the quarantine for the healthcare neighborhoods of Sunny Brook (south) and Nature Trail (north) as well as both assisted living neighborhoods. For residents not in quarantine, visitation, communal dining, and activities have resumed. Whispering Meadows (west) residents will remain in quarantine per CMS regulations and to limit the potential for COVID-19 spread to other parts of our community.  

In addition, several residents have been identified as having close contact with a hospice staff member who tested positive for COVID. Per the guidance from KDHE dated August 3, 2021 – these specific residents are remaining in quarantine for 14 days from their exposure to this hospice staff member. 

All staff and residents will continue to be tested weekly for the next two weeks. The next testing dates are Monday, October 11 and Monday, October 18. If no new cases are identified, residents living in the Whispering Meadows neighborhood will be