During this time of heightened awareness about the Covid-19 virus, it’s important that we are all sharing the most up-to-date and factual information. Here is the latest COVID-19 news from Bethany Village:

July 8, 2020

As of today, July 8, 2020, we have no positive COVID-19 resident cases and two new positive COVID-19 staff case.

Yesterday Governor DeWine announced a mandatory mask policy for Ohio counties classified as Level 3 under the state’s Public Health Advisory Alert System. The policy goes into effect today, July 8 at 6 p.m. Montgomery, Hamilton and Butler counties are amongst the counties classified as Level 3. 

We also want to share a chart developed by the Texas Medical Association showing the levels of risk associated with various social activities. (download pdf of chart).

We understand that families are conflicted by the current situation—they want to visit their loved ones in-person, yet are concerned about the spread of COVID. Due to the current Level 3 Alert in Montgomery County, we will not start visitations on July 20th for the nursing home residents and have temporarily halted outdoor visits for assisted living residents. We will continue to monitor the situation in our area and keep families informed as developments occur.

Bethany Village COVID-19 Updates/News

July 1, 2020 – As of today, July 1, 2020 we have no positive COVID-19 resident cases and no new positive COVID-19 staff cases.

June 26, 2020 – As of today, Friday, June 26, we have no residents testing positive for COVID-19.

This week we received the results of the nursing home staff testing for COVID-19 conducted by the Ohio National Guard.  More than 400 nursing home staff have completed testing this week.  Out of the 400 tests, three staff tested positive yet exhibited no symptoms. These three staff have been removed from the schedule and will not be returning to our campus until released by a physician. As we all know, even by taking every precaution known to contain this virus, it is invisible and some people do not show any symptoms.

We want to thank the Ohio National Guard and Dayton Children’s for their assistance. We also want to thank our staff, our residents, and their families for their diligence and patience during these challenging times.

June 24, 2020 – Bethany Village remains fully committed to maintaining a safe living and working environment. Below is a timeline of recent events and communications:

Based on Governor DeWine’s order in late May, and at our request to have testing completed, our nursing home staff has undergone COVID-19 testing. We have been working with the Ohio National Guard for the implementation of staff testing and Dayton Children’s Hospital is processing them. As of today, more than 400 staff have been tested.

Testing is mandatory. Staff who have been on scheduled family leave or vacation are required to have testing completed at an area testing site before being scheduled to work. Printed documentation of the test results are required.

We anticipate being notified of only positive test results and so far we have not received any calls. While all of our staff have remained vigilant since late January, we know that despite all of our efforts, this invisible virus may have infected staff who do not exhibit any signs of illness (asymptomatic).

We appreciate the due diligence our staff has taken to stay healthy and to care for our residents.

June 19, 2020 – Based on an order from Governor DeWine in late May, we have been informed that members of the Ohio National Guard will be on Bethany’s campus Monday, June 22, to provide COVID-19 testing of staff.  This is a routine assessment and includes the staff in the nursing home and assisted living areas of our campus.   

We welcome the State of Ohio’s assistance in fighting this invisible health crisis. This does not change the diligence our healthcare teams have demonstrated since late January and will continue to remain vigilant as we move forward together.

June 17, 2020 – As of today, June 17, 2020 we have no positive COVID-19 resident cases and no positive COVID-19 staff cases.

June 10, 2020  – As of today, June 10, 2020 we have no residents testing positive for COVID-19. Also, one staff, who has been off campus since May 23, 2020 did test positive while out. They will not be returning to campus until cleared by a physician.

June 3, 2020 – As of June 3, 2020 we have no active COVID-19 cases among residents or staff at Bethany Village.

On May 30, 2020 we shared that a resident had tested positive for COVID-19. We consulted with public health and were advised as a proactive precaution to test residents and staff in one area of the nursing home. Testing occurred on Monday and Tuesday of this week. All resident COVID-19 test results were negative. Staff tested thus far in that area of the nursing home have also tested negative.

We will be posting all future updates to this website only. Please check back to this page for the latest information and to see all updates. We will post weekly, on Wednesday’s, by 5:00 pm.

May 30, 2020 – Today, we received confirmation that Bethany Village has our first nursing home resident testing positive for COVID-19. The resident did not display any symptoms of COVID-19 but was required by a local healthcare provider to be tested as a precautionary measure to receive a procedure in the community. The resident continues to be symptom free.  We responded immediately by placing the resident in isolation.  Following our normal procedure, the resident has worn a face mask when out of their room. At this time no other resident has demonstrated any symptoms. All staff wear masks at all times when in any resident care area. The public health department has been notified and we are performing contact tracing to identify any other people with whom this resident may have had direct contact. The staff has exceeded the standard symptom monitoring with resident symptom checks which includes temperature and oxygen level checks.

We thank all our staff for their continued diligence in maintaining the health, wellness and safety of our residents as well as each other by continuing to follow CDC and health department guidelines. We recognize that this is a highly contagious virus that could impact us despite our best efforts. We remain vigilant. Just a reminder we will continue to be transparent and report any positive Covid-19 cases but due to the privacy of our residents and staff we will not release names of residents or staff nor where they live or work.  

May 26, 2020 – As of May 26, 2020, no Bethany Village resident has tested positive for COVID-19. Other than the one staff reported last week, no additional staff have tested positive for COVID-19. We thank all our staff for their continued diligence in maintaining the health, wellness and safety of our residents as well as each other by continuing to follow CDC and health department guidelines. We recognize that this is a highly contagious virus that could impact us despite our best efforts. We will remain vigilant and continue to update you on key developments. Just a reminder we will continue to be transparent and report any positive Covid-19 cases but due to the privacy of our residents and staff we will not release names of residents or staff nor where they live or work. 

As more and more businesses and offices begin to re-open, we want to remind everyone of  the importance of following CDC safety tips. CDC strongly recommends everyday preventative steps, including wearing cloth face masks in public spaces, washing your hands frequently, and practicing physical distancing by keeping six feet of space between yourself and other people outside your household. We appreciate your ongoing efforts to stay healthy and help to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

May 18, 2020: Memo from John Brinkman, Administrator Bethany Village (download pdf)

May 5, 2020: Letter from Robyn Powell, Director, Residential Services (download pdf)

April 22, 2020: A message from Bethany Village Administrator, John Brinkman:

Dear Assisted Living Residents, Nursing Home, Family Members, Guardians and POAs,

I am reaching out to you today to provide a COVID-19 update. I know you are keenly aware that the entire world is dealing with the health crisis related to the highly contagious novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are all working together to “flatten the curve” by following prescribed guidelines to protect those who are most vulnerable. Read more…

We have taken steps and will continue to take steps to reduce the spread of infection.

Knowing that our nursing home and assisted living residents are at the highest risk, we have implemented a number of measures designed to protect our residents and staff. We have shared several of these steps in past weeks: implementation of a no visitor policy, staff screening of temperatures and any symptoms of illness and enhanced cleaning procedures. In the last couple of weeks, all staff at Bethany are wearing masks, and the staff on the nursing unit are wearing the protective masks and are now screening for temperatures twice a day. We have implemented more enhanced isolation for any resident showing any symptom of illness and isolation areas for new admits to our rehab unit. We continue to comply with all new measures informed by guidance from the Ohio Dept of Health (ODH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Bethany has an infection preventionist on staff that regularly monitors infections and illnesses for residents. Additionally, in early March, we designated a nurse to track employee illnesses so that all employees were being tracked by a single person and not individual managers.

As of April 22, 2020, no residents or staff have tested positive for COVID-19. Our diligence to date has succeeded in keeping residents and staff healthy. Yet this is a highly contagious virus that could impact us despite our best efforts. We will stay vigilant.

What areas do our Staff work in?
Each day we have over 300 staff that provide care and services to our 350 residents in our assisted living (Crescent Crossing and Pavilion) and nursing home (Linden House and Courtyard Park) areas. These dedicated employees have continued to come to work despite their own challenges with daycare or anxiety about the virus, to care for our residents, your loved ones. They work in all areas: nursing, housekeeping, dining services, laundry, maintenance, social workers, life enrichment and other support services. 

We will not be sharing details publicly about positive tests.

Please know and understand, if we need to contact a family member with updates about a specific resident, we will reach out to them directly. But, please note that out of respect to those affected and their families and, in accordance with privacy laws, we will not be sharing any personal details regarding Bethany staff or resident positive cases publicly by name but will submit information as required by the CDC, ODH and local Health Department. We have connected with the local health department several times to refine our planning and response process.

Contact us with questions.

We understand that this health crisis is particularly challenging for you. We empathize with your feelings of separation and vulnerability, and we want to thank you for your ongoing support and trust. Again, let me assure you the safety and well-being of every resident and employee is of the utmost importance. It is vital to our continued strength as an organization. If you have any questions about COVID-19 or the steps that we are taking to protect our residents, please contact Bethany Village Administrator, John Brinkman, at jbrinkman@graceworks.org or by phone at (937) 436-6849.

We want to keep you up-to-date and we need your help to reach you more rapidly. Please share your email address. This one step will allow us to reach you with updates on the many steps we are taking to take care of our residents at this difficult time. You can share your email address by sending your name and resident’s name to emailrequest@graceworks.org. We will post updates regularly on our website. Additionally, we post updates on the Bethany campus digital screens. For those that live at Bethany, we will also put a message on BV-TV. Because conditions can change quickly and new government regulations are added daily, letters in the mail will not provide you with the most up-to-date information. Again, please keep checking our website since that is where we will be posting the most current information. www.bethanylutheranvillage.org .

One last thought.

I can assure you that we are working diligently to ensure the safety, well-being of our residents, families and staff during this world health crisis, COVID-19. We continue daily monitoring of the information provided by the Ohio Department of Health and the local health department. Our Leadership Team communicates daily to review protocols and review any changes that might need to be made based on the daily briefings from the Governor. Additionally, we have, and continue to follow all CDC recommendations and guidelines and have very clear protocols in place for all our Bethany and Graceworks employees.

April 21, 2020: Letter from Robyn Powell, Director, Residential Services (download pdf)

March 23, 2020 – Gov. Mike DeWine signs a “Stay at Home” Executive Order from 3/23 – 4/6, 2020. That was later extended through 5/1/2020.

March 16, 2020 – Temperature checks required for all employees providing direct care.

March 12, 2020 – Communication set out to Residents, Staff and Guests restricting visitor standards for the Linden House (nursing home) and Crescent Crossing (Assisted Living) Buildings on the Bethany campus.

March 12, 2020: Important Message Regarding Visitors to Licensed Areas of Bethany Village (download pdf)

March 9, 2020: Covid-19 Alert – Visiting Bethany Village (download pdf)

March 3, 2020 – Resident, Visitor and Staff communication on travel alerts and how to report if you had visited certain countries as outlined by the CDC.

March 2, 2020 – Provided updated information to Bethany residents, staff and guests on the importance of hand washing, hand sanitzers and to limit touching your face, mouth or nose, etc.

February 3, 2020 – Bethany Village began displaying educational posters, know the symptoms, about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) at main entrances around campus. Additional information was shared with staff at that time as to what was known about this virus and how, at that time it was believed to have spread.