Care Facilities invoking measures to protect residents from COVID-19

Care facilities in the local area are responding to the threat of the novel coronavirus by invoking protective measures for residents.

Tekakwitha Living Center in Sisseton is currently on lockdown. A TLC Facebook post on Thursday, Mar. 12, stated that effective on that date, the facility was on lockdown to protect residents from the coronavirus and that only staff will be allowed into the building.

A follow-up post on Friday, Mar. 13, shared some welcome news that the facility is offering FaceTime for loved one’s to connect with residents during the time of visitor restrictions. The contact person at TLC to set up a time is Wendi Pistorius at 605-698-6470.

Edgewood Vista in Sisseton has also invoked restrictions. Initial precautionary measures include limiting all outside visitors, including family and friends, prohibiting visits by individuals who are experiencing symptoms such as cough or fever OR who have traveled outside of the U.S. in the last 14 days, canceling activities that include outside organizations coming in to the facility, and limiting any outside transportation for residents, with the exception of medical appointments.

Edgewood will be evaluating the situation on an on-going basis. In the meantime, families and friends are encouraged to use alternate means of visiting virtually with loved ones through the use of FaceTime, Skype or other video communication technologies. To coordinate a virtual visit, call Edgewood at 698-3500.