Carris Health To Begin Asymptomatic Testing For All Residents, Employees At Long Term Care Facilities

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Carris Health and CentraCare have begun testing all residents and employees of long term care facilities for coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure we are protecting those who are most vulnerable to this disease.

Testing will be done for all residents and employees, even if symptoms of COVID-19 are not present. It will take a few days to complete testing of all employees and residents in all CentraCare and Carris Health long term care facilities.

CentraCare and Carris Health are also committed to ongoing asymptomatic testing at our congregate care facilities, in accordance with Gov. Tim Walz's five-point plan for protecting Minnesota's long-term care community. Emergent testing will also be done on anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

There will be no cost to employees or residents for the testing. Results will be communicated to employees, and to residents and their family members, along with reporting positive cases to the Minnesota Department of Health.

"We are thankful for our employees and their commitment to providing safe, quality and personalized care for our residents," said Pamela Adam, Administrator, Carris Health Care Center & Therapy Suites. "Our staff are to be commended for their dedication and personal resolve to place our residents first, and that is never more apparent than in these unmatched times."

Amanda Thorson, Director of Nursing for Carris Health Care Center, is also thankful to Gov. Walz for answering the calls for additional support, testing and PPE to protect, test and treat our residents and protect our staff.

"This additional testing process will strengthen the significant work that has already been done to protect our most vulnerable populations," said Thorson.

In addition to asymptomatic testing, CentraCare and Carris Health will continue to screen all employees for COVID-19 at the beginning of their shift and before they enter the facility. At long term care facilities in our system where there has been a positive case, residents will be screened twice a day for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Carris Health and CentraCare strive to do everything in our power to keep our vulnerable population safe and mitigate the spread of this virus.