As a precautionary measure against Influenza and COVID-19 virus, Trinity Homes in Minot is implementing visitation restrictions, effective immediately. Due to the recent confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ward County, the restrictions are more rigorous than past limits put in place for seasonal flu.
Jennifer Mitchell, RN, CRRN, Director of Clinical Excellence and Resident Safety, says these precautions are in accordance with findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which considered COVID-19’s impact on the elderly, especially those with chronic diseases or dementia.
“There is a risk that people who might otherwise appear healthy will enter the nursing home and infect residents with the flu or COVID-19,” Mitchell said. “Studies of past viral epidemics where preventive steps were delayed show that those actions were not as effective. The sooner we limit interactions, the better, which is why we’re taking this action now.”
The visitor restrictions are as follows:
- People should refrain from visiting residents unless the resident is under hospice or other end-of-life care.
- All entrances will be locked, and only Door #1 (near the facility’s office) will be available to the public for visits that meet the prescribed criteria. These visitors will need to call the main office number – 857-5800 – to gain access. Visits deemed Necessary will be limited to the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- After 5 p.m. during the week, and at all times on weekends, access to the facility will only be possible through Door #1 via a buzzer system.
Mitchell said these restrictions will be in effect until further notice, and any modifications will be publicized. “The current influenza and COVID-19 outbreak demand that we take reasonable precautions to protect our residents, visitors, and staff.”