Bethany Retirement Living temporarily suspends visitors | INFORUM

Local News 23-10-2020 IN FORUM 26

FARGO — Bethany on University and Bethany on 42nd in Fargo are temporarily closed to visitors.

According to their website, they're "halting all visitations at both campuses" because of the increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Cass County.

This comes as they report several residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 including, three at Bethany on University's skilled care unit, 13 cases in Towers I, and seven cases in Towers II.

Shawn Stuhaug, the president and CEO of Bethany, said the visitation pause allows staff time to prevent an outbreak.

"We just want to take a little time to reset here and slow things down - and make sure we're not introducing the virus any faster than we can control it," Stuhaug said.

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The visitation suspension will last for 14 days as part of the state's protocol since Cass County is now categorized as high-risk for contracting COVID-19 according to the North Dakota Health Department.

Stuhaug also stressed that this situation is temporary for now. But, if Cass county moves into the critical zone for the COVID-19 risk level, then the facilities would be following a much more restrictive protocol.

During the current visitor shutdown, friends and family will be able to visit residents virtually through technology such as Facetime.

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