As active COVID-19 cases decline in North Dakota, illness lingers in long-term care
FARGO — Two more long-term care centers in the area are reporting the presence of COVID-19 as the total number of active cases is declining in North Dakota.
Ecumen Evergreens has one active positive case in a resident, according to the state health department website.
The 18-bed skilled unit is at 1401 W. Gateway Circle S. in Fargo.
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Eventide Fairmont in Moorhead, an assisted living and memory care facility at 801 Second Ave. N., is reporting an active case in one staff member.
Eventide staff members are screened for COVID-19 daily and are instructed to quarantine at home if they show any symptoms.
Active cases in North Dakota have generally been on the decline through the month of June, according to the state health department.
The state reported 348 active cases of the novel coronavirus on June 1, followed by a spike to 371 on June 6.
Active cases have fallen steadily since, however, to 234 on June 22.
Nursing homes in North Dakota have been gradually welcoming visitors, starting with scheduled outdoor visits last week as part of Phase 1 of the state’s Smart Restart plan.
Some facilities have been able to move to Phase 2 due to their location in a “blue,” or lower risk, county.
Eventide Downtown and Eventide Lake Country Manor in Devils Lake are allowing one visitor per resident in their buildings, with both parties required to wear masks.
According to Eventide, guidance for outdoor visits at long-term care centers is still being developed in Minnesota.