Assisted living homes, senior centers adjust course amid pandemic

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Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 4:58 PM CDT
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MINOT, N.D. – Assisted living centers and other organizations that support senior citizens are continuing to tighten their health policies in order to keep their clients and residents safe.

Somerset Court in Minot followed state recommendations, which allowed for indoor visitation, when suddenly cases in Ward County began to rise. 

“We were only a day or two from being able to enter phase three when the cases around here began to spike,” said Somerset Court Director Dave Caldwell.

Although they remain classified as stage two with the state, which allows for less restrictive measures, leadership rolled out extra safety measures.

“We have decided as a facility to restrict our visitation and not let anybody visit in doors at this point,” said Caldwell.

In addition they ask that everyone wear a mask and sanitize their hands before entering the building.

Somerset Court also conducted their eighth round of COVID testing Tuesday.

They have only had one positive resident so far.

Across town, the Minot Commission on Aging is also being careful. 

“We stayed cautious during that time. We have not opened our congregate meal site,” said Roger Reich, Executive Director at the commission. 

Leadership at the agency said they encourage seniors to use their services or delivery services instead of walking into a grocery store.

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