Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) update

March 11, 2020 update

We continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community and want to reiterate the safety of our residents, patients, their families and our caregivers remains our top priority.

On Tues., March 10, the Oregon Department of Human Services announced new requirements for skilled nursing/assisted living/residential care facilities to help contain the virus and reduce the risk of spread. Providence Benedictine Nursing Center immediately implemented these requirements, in addition to the ones we proactively put in place last week and our existing infection control protocols. 

Only essential visitors are allowed in our facility until further notice. Please read our new visitor restrictions in place to keep our community safe. 

Updated visitor restrictions

  • Only essential visitors are allowed in our facility. Essential individuals include:
    • Our caregivers
    • Outside medical professionals
    • Vendors
    • Adult protective services staff
    • Licensing/Survey staff
    • Long Term Care Ombudsman and Deputies (not volunteers)
    • Friends or family members visiting during end-of-life stages; and
    • Friends or family who are essential for the individual’s emotional well-being and care 
  • Visitors must sign the visitor log and provide name, phone number, email address, name of person they are visiting, date, time in/out 
    • We will keep visitor logs for 30 days
  • Visitors will continue to be screened for any current symptoms of illness or a fever, or if someone in their home is sick or has a fever
  • Visitors will continue to be screened for known exposure to confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Visitors will continue to be screened for recent travel, including visits to any local facilities associated with known cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Visitors who answer ‘yes’ to any of the screening questions or who are running a fever will be turned away. Exceptions will be made if the visitor is here to see or provide care for an individual at the end of life, or if they are essential for the resident’s emotional well-being and care. Under those limited circumstances the visitor must:
    • Limit their movement within the facility to the resident’s room
    • Limit surfaces touched
    • Use appropriate personal protection equipment (gown, gloves and mask) contingent on supply
    • Limit physical contact with resident
  • Only two essential individuals/visitors are allowed per patient/resident at a time

Out of an abundance of caution, we will continue social distancing among residents and we’ve cancelled our community outings.

We will keep you updated as the situation changes and we encourage you to visit the CDC’s and the Oregon Health Authority’s websites for the latest developments on COVID-19 in our community. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with these restrictions and for helping us keep our patients and residents safe.

March 9, 2020 update

The health and safety of our residents, patients and our caregivers is our top priority. Effective immediately, we are restricting unnecessary visits to Providence Benedictine Orchard House Personalized Living Center until further notice.

Each person who comes to our facility is screened for potential COVID-19 exposure by asking a series of questions: 

  • If people have any symptoms of illness,
  • If they’ve been potentially exposed or had known contact with an individual under investigation for or confirmed with COVID-19 infection, and 
  • Their recent travel history. 

We have infection control protocols and procedures and are constantly monitoring our patients and residents for symptoms and are prepared to respond as needed. We also have implemented a diligent cleaning schedule for our facilities, and are paying special attention to high touch areas in patient/resident rooms, common areas, and restrooms. 

We are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and will implement further safety precautions as needed to protect our residents, patients, their loved ones and our caregivers.