Eventide Fargo reports COVID-19 case; Sanford Health reports additional cases among staff

Confirmed COVID-19 cases also continue to rise among staff at Sanford Health medical facilities in Fargo and Moorhead.

The Eventide Fargo retirement community is seen Thursday, April 9, at 3225 51st St. S., Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO — Another local retirement community or long-term care facility is reporting a confirmed case of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

Eventide Fargo announced Friday, April 10, that a resident tested positive for the illness.

Staff members who interacted with the resident have been sent home to self-quarantine for 14 days, the facility said in a statement.


“We are doing everything we can to stop the spread of the virus in our setting,” said Jon Riewer, president and CEO.
He said Eventide is working in partnership with the North Department of Health, and staff and residents are continuing strict, preventative actions implemented in early March.


Those safety measures include facilities being closed to visitors and restricting residents to their rooms with one-on-one activities with dedicated staff.

Residents are also screened for symptoms of COVID-19 twice a day, and all staff members are screened upon arrival at work.

The case at Eventide Fargo means there are now seven congregate living centers in the area with known or reported cases of COVID-19.

Rosewood on Broadway, at 1351 Broadway N., announced Wednesday that two residents and two employees have the illness.

Rosewood on Broadway is seen Wednesday, April 8, at 1351 Broadway, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Moorhead Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, 2810 Second Ave. N., reported this week that a resident tested positive and had been moved to a separate wing with dedicated staff.

Riverview Place at 5300 12th St. S. in Fargo is the site of at least three cases, including one death, and The Meadows at 1315 S. University Drive in Fargo reported one case April 2.


In Minnesota, the St. Francis Nursing Home in Breckenridge and Eventide in Moorhead are listed on the state health department’s website as experiencing an outbreak, defined as one or more residents or staff testing positive for COVID-19.

However, Eventide disputes that particular designation because it’s due to an essential visitor — a Sanford nurse practitioner who came in contact with residents of Eventide on Eighth at 1405 7th St. S. on March 23, and later tested positive for COVID-19.

Further, Riewer said they have had no positive cases in residents or staff there, and the 14-day quarantine period from that essential visitor exposure has passed.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases also continue to rise among staff at Sanford Health medical facilities in Fargo and Moorhead.

Sanford Health is seen Wednesday, April 8, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

After that initial case involving a Sanford NP, the medical center announced on March 29 three additional cases in physical therapists; two working at its main medical center and one at its hospital downtown.

On Friday, April 10, Sanford Health announced it had a total of 14 employees in Fargo-Moorhead facilities who've tested positive for COVID-19.


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