FARGO — COVID-19 cases continue to mount at long-term care facilities in both Fargo and Moorhead, pointing to a growing risk for the area's elderly population as states plan to reopen businesses and their economies.
Eventide Fargo reported Monday, April 20, that two additional residents and seven more staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the total to 13 residents and 9 staff on its campus at 3225 51st St. S.
The results came from campus-wide testing conducted by the North Dakota Department of Health late last week.
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The news comes on the same day the health department began including confirmed COVID-19 cases at all long-term care facilities in the state on the coronavirus page of its website.
Eventide also reported a total of 10 residents have tested positive at its Eventide on Eighth facility in Moorhead, 1405 Seventh St. S. On Friday, the facility reported its first positive case of COVID-19, and after more testing over the weekend it reported nine additional cases.
More test results are still pending, and no staff at the Moorhead facility have tested positive at this time, Eventide said in a statement on the company website.
CEO and President Jon Riewer said 30% of all those testing positive on its Fargo campus had no symptoms of the illness.
"Please know we are doing our best to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and that our top priority is to protect our residents and staff," he said.
Meanwhile, another long-term care facility announced new cases at its two Fargo centers.
Bethany on 42nd, 4255 30th Ave. S., reported three staff members tested positive for COVID-19. It has one active case in a resident there.
Bethany on University, 201 S. University Drive, reported its first case of COVID-19 in a staff member who has not been working due to exposure at another health care facility. It has no active cases among residents.
Gov. Doug Burgum discussed the impact of COVID-19 on North Dakota's long-term care facilities Monday during his daily briefing.
Burgum said additional protections for congregate living centers are being considered as North Dakota charts a path toward reopening.
On Monday, the state joined Minnesota in reporting long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases and went a step further by listing the total number of cases at each one. It shows nine facilities statewide are impacted, with a total of 57 coronavirus cases among residents and staff.
Besides the Eventide and Bethany facilities, the state lists Rosewood on Broadway, Riverview Place and The Meadows on University in Fargo as having COVID-19 cases. It does not list Touchmark at Harwood Groves in Fargo, which reported a confirmed case in a memory care unit employee last week.
COVID in ND long-term care facilities
- Eventide Fargo - 22
- Rosewood on Broadway, Fargo - 14
- Riverview Place, Fargo - 8
- Bethany on 42nd, Fargo - 6
- Hill Top Home of Comfort, Killdeer - 2
- Bethany on University, Fargo - 1
- Eventide Senior Living, Fargo - 1
- The Meadows on University, Fargo - 1
- Prospera, Mandan - 1
- Souris Valley Care Center, Velva - 1
Source: N.D. Dept. of Health
COVID in west-central Minn. long-term care facilities
- Eventide on Eighth, Moorhead
- Moorhead Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
- St. Francis Home, Breckenridge
Source: Minn. Dept. of Health
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