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Information and Updates Concerning the Coronavirus

January, 27, 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.

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.

 

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 required and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

With this news, all assisted living and health care residents are in full quarantine to inhibit potential spread. This will continue until we have 14 days of no new cases. We are disappointed by this news and realize it’s most difficult for residents and family members. Cases in Harvey County are exponentially increasing and we continue to communicate with staff how important it is to personally stay well so this cycle of quarantine can end in 14 days. We ask that you continue to help us in this fight against COVID and advocate with the greater community regarding the importance of wearing face masks, practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene.

We are required to repeat this testing on a weekly basis until all results have been negative for 14 days. All staff members will continue to be tested per CMS requirements. 

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 2, 2020 
At this time there are five known active cases of COVID-19 at Kidron Bethel Village and four known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

October 29, 2020 
At this time there are five known active cases of COVID-19 at Kidron Bethel Village and three 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 staff and residents testing positive of COVID-19. 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 October 26. All residents have tested negative. Of the six residents who tested positive last week, five have been released from isolation and are considered to be recovered by the Harvey County Health Department. One resident continues to have mild symptoms and is being closely monitored. We are very grateful and rejoicing with this news! During the routine surveillance testing, a staff positive was identified on October 28 and was immediately sent home.

We are required to repeat this testing on a weekly basis until all results have been negative for 14 days. All residents will be tested again on November 2.  All staff members will continue to be tested per CMS requirements. 

 

October 28, 2020 
At this time there are eleven known active cases of COVID-19 at Kidron Bethel Village and three known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

October 27, 2020 
At this time there are eleven known active cases of COVID-19 at Kidron Bethel Village, two known active cases at Bluestem PACE and four known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Kidron Bethel Village: The additional case reported is a staff member who was tested due to symptoms but has not been at Kidron Bethel Village in two weeks. This positive case will not trigger extended testing.  

 

October 23, 2020 
At this time there are ten known active cases of COVID-19 at Kidron Bethel Village, two known active cases at Bluestem PACE and four known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

Kidron Bethel Village: 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 precautionary testing of all health care and assisted living residents and staff. At the same time, CMS also requires twice weekly staff testing based on the Harvey County positivity rate.

As a result of precautionary testing, four health care residents, two assisted living residents and three additional staff have tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, residents are showing no symptoms and are being closely monitored.

All health care and assisted living residents have been in precautionary quarantine since October 17. With the most recent positive results, advanced preventative measures were put in place immediately, including full PPE precautions as required by CMS as well as other procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Resident quarantine and weekly precautionary testing will continue until there are 14 days of no new cases. All staff members will continue to be tested per CMS requirements.

Press release created in collaboration with Harvey County

 

October 22, 2020 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Kidron Bethel Village, two known active cases at Bluestem PACE and four known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

October 21, 2020 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Kidron Bethel Village, two known active cases at Bluestem PACE and three known active cases at Schowalter Villa. 

 

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

Kidron Bethel Village: Due to a positive test result of a staff member of health care, testing of all health care and assisted living residents will begin this week as required by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). All staff members will continue to be tested per CMS requirements. All health care and assisted living residents are also required to be in quarantine/precautionary isolation until we have 14 days with no new cases in the building. In light of this development, we are required to discontinue all outside in-person visitation.

A family update has been sent with more details. If your loved one tests positive, we will contact the DPOA for the resident, by phone. We will also report any positives on our Test Results link above. Our focus remains on the health and well-being of our community and we will continue to monitor residents closely. Thank you for your support and trust during this time.

Schowalter Villa: These are the same cases reported on October 13. 

 

October 14, 2020 
At this time there two known active case of COVID-19 at Kidron Bethel Village and three known active cases Schowalter Villa. 

These are the same cases reported yesterday. 

 

October 13, 2020 
At this time there two known active case of COVID-19 at Kidron Bethel Village and three known active cases Schowalter Villa. 

Kidron Bethel Village: The two positive staff cases did not result in any health care or assisted living resident exposure or additional staff exposure to COVID-19 as confirmed by the Harvey County Health Department and KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment). Please be assured we will contact individuals directly if an exposure results in a possible risk to health care or assisted living residents and staff. The two positive cases do not affect in-person outdoor visits and those will continue at this point.

Schowalter Villa: The staff positive case is the same as reported last week at the Villa Life Center. There are two independent living positive cases which do not require further resident testing. Positive test results in Independent Living are typically reported to the resident by the Harvey County Health Department or medical provider and the resident then reports to us. If there were to be risk of exposure through an Independent Living resident, those at risk would be notified by the Harvey County Health Department accordingly.

Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa: Please be aware that the current rate of positive test results is on the rise in Harvey County. This could affect future visitation plans. We will make sure residents of health care and assisted living and their family members are informed of any updates regarding visitation plans.

As always, we strongly support taking steps to help restore health in our community. It remains important to continue wearing face masks, practice social distancing and good hand hygiene. As you are living your daily life, we appreciate you considering the broad impact that your actions may have on our community and beyond. 

Thank you for your on-going support as we navigate quickly changing regulations to create the best quality of life and care for each resident.

 

October 7, 2020 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Schowalter Villa. 

Schowalter Villa: As required by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and supported by KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment), residents have remained in their rooms since Tuesday, September 22, when we learned of a staff member with positive COVID-19 test results. The requirement is to protect residents from exposure by having them remain in place until 14 consecutive days have passed with no new positive COVID-19 cases.

We have observed significant discouragement, distress and decline in residents, including loss of appetite and weight loss. We, as well as families, have become increasingly concerned for residents’ physical, mental, emotional and psychosocial wellbeing. The Harvey County Health Department agreed with our proposal to have one resident or married couple moving through the hall and/or in a public space/courtyard at a time. We have experience with doing this previously, and resident response to it was positive. Now that residents have the ability to go out of their homes one at a time, studio visits can resume. Family members received an email with information on how to schedule these studio visits.

If there are no more positive test results by October 14, we will be able to resume resident participation in public dining, small group physically distanced gatherings, flexibility for moving around the neighborhood and public spaces and scheduling in-person outside visits on Thursday, October 15. We will send more information about those visits as we get closer to that date.

The Life Enrichment team continues to plan theme weeks for residents and staff to celebrate each week. The following are the themes we’re celebrating this month: 

October 4-10: Poetry week

October 11-17: Winnie the Pooh

October 18-24: Pumpkins & Leaves

October 25-31: Halloween & favorite animated characters

 

Kidron Bethel Village: Residents continue to engage and be active in many activities such as water color painting classes, succulent club, book club, FaceTime sessions, musicals, baking peppernuts, manicures, yarn wrapping, van rides, worship services with Chaplain Eric and more. While this year’s annual Senior Olympics was canceled, residents enjoyed an indoor picnic as well as a fair themed food day. 

With no positive cases we continue to offer outdoor visits. Please call the front desk to schedule a visit with your loved one.

 

 

September 30, 2020 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Schowalter Villa. 

 

September 24, 2020 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Schowalter Villa.

Schowalter Villa: It has been determined in working with the Harvey County Health Department, that we are also now required to test assisted living residents at this time due to the positive staff test outcome from yesterday. It is required that all assisted living and health care residents be in precautionary isolation until we have 14 days with no new cases. Please be assured that if your loved one lives in health care or assisted living and tests positive, the resident’s DPOA for health care will be contacted immediately.

UPDATE: The COVID-19 testing of all assisted living and health care residents has been completed. We are very pleased to share that all assisted living and health care residents’ results remain negative for COVID-19. In 3-7 days, as required by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), we will conduct another round of testing for all staff, assisted living and health care residents. Residents are also required by CMS to remain in precautionary isolation until we have 14 days with no new cases.

 

September 23, 2020 
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Kidron Bethel Village and one known active case at Schowalter Villa.

Kidron Bethel Village: The one positive case is the same from last week and did not result in any resident exposure or additional staff exposure to COVID-19.

Schowalter Villa: Due to a positive test result of a staff member of health care, testing of all health care residents will begin this week as required by KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment). All staff members will continue to be tested per CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) requirements. At this time, residents in assisted living do not need to be tested. All health care residents will be in precautionary isolation until we have 14 days with no new cases. At this time, all assisted living residents will need to stay in the assisted living space, having meals delivered to their rooms but will not be placed on precautionary isolation.

If your loved one tests positive, we will contact the DPOA for the resident, by phone. We will also report any positives on our Test Results link above.

 

September 18, 2020
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Kidron Bethel Village.

Kidron Bethel Village: As a Life Plan Community, Kidron Bethel Village has staff working on campus and remotely from home. Noted positive cases on the test results link above do not always mean the staff member works in our assisted living or health care neighborhoods. In the one positive result listed on the chart, this is the case. This one positive case did not result in any resident exposure or additional staff exposure to COVID-19. 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.

Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa: Today we received new federal regulatory guidance regarding health care and assisted living visitation from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services). We are reviewing this guidance to determine how we will proceed. We continue to monitor the Harvey County positive levels and will work with Harvey County Health Department to approve any updates to our visitation plans.  

We are working to make visitation as safe as possible for residents, staff and visitors. We will make sure residents of health care and assisted living and their family members are informed of any updates regarding visitation plans, including increased opportunities or methods to visit, as soon as we know more.

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate quickly changing regulations to create the best quality of life and care for each resident.

 

September 16, 2020
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

With the current rate of positives in Harvey County, health care and assisted living facilities are required to test staff one time this week. Testing will be completed by Friday.  

 

September 11, 2020
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new testing requirements for long-term care facilities in which all staff members in health care and assisted living are to complete regular precautionary testing for COVID-19. The testing frequency is based on county positive percentages and ranges from as little as once per month to as much as twice per week. Health care and assisted living residents are not being tested with this routine surveillance testing.

To conduct this testing, CMS has provided long-term care facilities with rapid point of care (POC) diagnostic testing devices that allow facilities to conduct the testing in-house. Both Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa have received their POC devices. Schowalter Villa began its first round of health care and assisted living staff testing on September 9, and Kidron Bethel will begin its first round of testing on September 14. The one device provided by CMS will be taxed by the volume of tests required at Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa. Both campuses will supplement the device with some tests submitted to an outside lab. With the current rate of positives in Harvey County, the facilities are required to test one time per week at this point. Based on CMS guidance, we will re-evaluate testing frequency every two weeks and adjust if necessary.

If a staff positive is identified during this process, we will need to conduct testing of all health care and assisted living residents and staff. At that time, residents would be required to enter into precautionary isolation, and their DPOA will be notified of changes in resident routines. If a resident tests positive, their family contact will be notified immediately. We will not email or send letters every time there is a positive result so please use the chart above to stay informed. Thank you for your support and trust as we navigate these ever-changing times.

 

September 9, 2020
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

September 2, 2020
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

August 31, 2020
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

August 26, 2020
At this time there two known active cases of COVID-19 at Schowalter Villa

 

August 25, 2020
At this time there two known active cases of COVID-19 at Schowalter Villa and one known active case at Kidron Bethel Village.

Schowalter Villa:  As a Life Plan Community, Schowalter Villa has staff working throughout its campus. Noted positive cases on the test results link above do not always mean they are among the assisted living and health care neighborhoods. The two positives listed on the chart are the same that were reported last week. 

Kidron Bethel Village:  A staff member at Kidron Bethel Village, who had no close contact with staff, health care or assisted living residents has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This individual worked for 30 minutes on August 16 and had not worked for three days prior. While working on the 16th, this person received notification of a close contact that tested positive. Upon notification, they immediately left the building. They later developed symptoms and were tested, receiving a positive result over the weekend. They have remained off work since initial notification on August 16. Anyone who has had contact with this individual has been notified by the Harvey County Health Department.

Due to the limited contact, both the Harvey County Health Department and KDHE assessed the situation and advised that testing all residents and staff was not necessary. We are grateful for this outcome and the quick response of this staff member.

We remain diligent with sanitization practices, including the screening process, use of appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment), proper hand hygiene and attention to social distancing.

Thank you for your continued support and trust during this time.  

 

August 19, 2020
At this time there two known active cases of COVID-19 at Schowalter Villa.

Schowalter Villa:  As a Life Plan Community, Schowalter Villa has staff working throughout its campus. Noted positive cases on the test results link above do not always mean they are among the assisted living and health care neighborhoods.

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. We remain diligent with sanitization practices, a health screening process, use of appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment), proper hand hygiene and attention to social distancing.

On Friday, July 31, our visitation plan for assisted living and health care residents began with the implementation of “visit studios”. Those who have experienced this interaction have been pleasantly surprised with the joy it’s brought both their loved one and themselves. Several families have shared it was the best visit they’d had in a long time. To schedule this type of visit in health care, please connect with a nurse, social worker or life enrichment coordinator for the neighborhood where your loved one lives. Assisted living appointments may be made through the Mullet Place Welcome Center receptionist or Life Enrichment Coordinator.

Kidron Bethel Village:  Outdoor in-person visitation for residents of assisted living and health care to connect with family and friends has been a wonderful change of pace over the last six weeks. However, due to a recent influx of positive COVID-19 cases in Harvey County, we have decided to put the visitation program on hold for the current time. Our decision to take a step back in our visitation plan was made in consultation with the Harvey County Health Department and went into effect on Tuesday, August 18.

Our infection control policies of hand hygiene, PPE, increased sanitization, temperature checks for every person who enters the building and daily health screenings of all residents and staff have, to date, resulted in the most favorable outcome of no positive COVID-19 cases at Kidron Bethel Village at this time.

Maintaining that outcome remains our highest priority. We will remain in consultation with the Harvey County Health Department and adjust any practices and policies as necessary to ensure the highest levels of health and safety for our community.

We encourage individuals to find other ways to continue connecting with residents. Please continue to call regularly, have window visits, schedule Facetime or Zoom chats, send letters, cards and photos. We are hopeful that through county-wide mitigation strategies, the situation will begin to improve and we can again host face-to-face visitations in time.

 

August 12, 2020
At this time there are no known active cases of COVID-19 at Bluestem Communities.

 

August 7, 2020
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Schowalter Villa.

 

July 31, 2020
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Schowalter Villa.

We are very pleased to share that health care and assisted living has completed the 14-day quarantine period following the last positive exposure. Beginning with breakfast today, Friday, July 31, residents were able to leave their homes for dining, socializing with other residents and sitting in community living rooms. We are asking at this time, that residents remain in their own neighborhood as had been previously practiced. Dining, socializing and other activities will resume with at least six feet of distance between each individual or couple. When in public areas, residents will wear masks except when dining or drinking beverages.

Our Schowalter Villa visitation plan will begin with the implementation of “studio visits”. The studio provides an intercom phone to speak with loved ones. Guests remain outside of the building and can see the resident with whom they are visiting through a window. Family members who have previously signed up for email notifications will be receiving an email with further details on what to expect and how to schedule a visit.

As a Life Plan Community, Schowalter Villa has staff working throughout its campus. Noted positive cases on the test results link above do not always mean they are among the assisted living and health care neighborhoods. If that were to be the case, our practices would be adjusted once again and you would be notified of this change.

Of the two positive cases - one person has been away from the Villa Life center since before the week of July 20. The second positive is a staff member who worked at our Lakeside Village screening station and dined with Water’s Edge staff members during their breaks. The last day this person worked they had no symptoms. Upon identification of symptoms, they did not work, were tested and have remained off work since that time. Today, out of caution, we tested Water’s Edge staff who had direct contact with this individual. Those who had close contact with this individual are not working and have been instructed to quarantine until receiving test results.

Contact with residents and the public was very brief and limited due to the screening process, appropriate use of PPE (personal protective equipment), proper hand sanitation practices, and attention to distancing. Resident and public exposure to COVID-19 through this particular positive case instance is not likely.

 

July 29, 2020
At this time there is one known active case of COVID-19 at Schowalter Villa.

 

July 24, 2020
At this time there are two known active cases of COVID-19 at Schowalter Villa.

On Monday, July 20, a second round of precautionary COVID-19 testing was held for Schowalter Villa health care and assisted living residents and staff members who had direct contact with those staff members who had positive test results.

We are very pleased to share that all Schowalter Villa assisted living and health care residents’ results remain negative for COVID-19. We are very grateful and are rejoicing at this news.  We believe this is through God’s grace and the careful focus of our staff on always wearing appropriate masks with resident care and around the Villa Life Center; attention to good hand hygiene and sanitation procedures.

We continue to receive Schowalter Villa staff test results. Of the results we have received so far, one staff member tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member has been away from work in quarantine since the time they were informed of a family member testing positive for COVID-19.  They are under the direction of the Harvey County Health Department. We will report any positive results on our Test Results link above.

According to guidance from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Harvey County Health Department (HCHD), it is advised that all residents continue to remain in their homes until 14 days following the last positive exposure with no additional positive exposures. Yesterday, July 23, we proposed a new plan to the HCHD. Due to the negative resident test results and our increased concern for resident’s physical, mental, emotional and psychological well-being, this plan not only helps protect from COVID-19 but also promotes overall health improvement for residents.

We are actively working on putting this plan in place and are thankful that it has been approved. There are many details to be finalized and ask for your patience as we work as quickly as we can on making this next step happen!  

Until 14 days post exposure, as previously discussed, there will not be public dining or resident gatherings even in very small groups. In-person visitation with residents is also not permitted. We will notify residents and families when this can occur.

Thank you for your continued support, trust and prayers.

 

July 23, 2020
At this time there are three known active cases of COVID-19 at Schowalter Villa.

On Monday, July 20, a second round of precautionary COVID-19 testing was held for Schowalter Villa health care and assisted living residents and staff members who had direct contact with those staff members who had positive test results.

We are pleased and grateful to share that health care residents’ results remain negative for COVID-19. Only a few assisted living residents still have results pending. Those which have been received are negative as well.  We thank the Lord for this outstanding result. We are still waiting for some staff results. We will update the website again when all results have been received.

According to guidance from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Harvey County Health Department, all residents will continue to remain in their homes until 14 days following the last positive exposure with no additional positive exposures. After receiving all test results, we will meet with the Harvey County Health Department again to determine our next steps.

 

July 20, 2020
At this time there are five known active cases of COVID-19 at Schowalter Villa.

As was communicated on Thursday, July 16, due to positive staff cases of COVID-19 identified between July 5 and 15 at Schowalter Villa, a second round of precautionary testing was held today for all health care and assisted living residents and staff members who had direct contact with those staff members who ended up testing positive.

This retesting occurred 14 days following the first testing according to guidance from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Harvey County Heal