Birchwood Cottages is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all residents, employees and visitors. Through the pandemic our communities enhanced their current protocols and implemented new procedures to increase the effectiveness of our infection control practices.
We continue to diligently follow the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to mitigate the spread of COVID and other illnesses in our buildings.
All of us at Birchwood Cottages give a heartfelt thanks to our residents, families, and visitors for the ongoing support, and understanding.
Together we can keep our communities healthy and safe!
Visiting Birchwood Cottages
We welcome families and visitors to our communities. We do ask that if you are feeling ill, have been exposed to COVID or other illness and/or have any symptoms to visit at another time. Entry will be denied of those with signs or symptoms or those who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 infection in the past 14 days, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status.
If you are unsure if it is safe to visit, please reach out the community for guidance.
- Masks: Masks and/or other PPE may be required if county transmission rates of COVID are elevated. Signs at our communities will be posted to alert visitors of current county transmission rates and what guidelines are to be followed.
- Visiting Considerations. When visiting the community, please be mindful that early morning, meal times and late evening are when our team members are fully occupied with providing personal cares and dining support for residents. This can make it difficult to answer the doorbell in a timely manner and we thank our visitors in advance for their patience.
Testing & Outbreak Status
If a new case of facility-onset COVID-19 is identified among residents or staff, residents and families will be timely notified of the case(s) and given the necessary information on any applicable testing required per current MDH requirements.
In the event of a COVID or other illness outbreak in one of our communities there may be temporary changes to the visiting protocol of that community during that time. Any changes will be communicated to all residents and their families.