Q. What is Interlude Restorative Suites (Interlude) doing to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A. Interlude maintains standard protocols and procedures to prevent or limit the spread of infectious disease. Every staff member is trained on these procedures and our employees have demonstrated excellent infection control practices over the years. In addition:
- Interlude is increasing disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Hand washing stations and/or sanitizer dispensers are at all Interlude entrances.
- All employees are being screened before entering the building.
- We are working with our suppliers for needed supplies while avoiding stockpiling that could exacerbate shortages.
Q. How is Interlude addressing COVID-19?
A. In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the Twin Cities area, healthcare systems have stopped elective surgeries and procedures to increase capacity in advance of a likely surge in coronavirus infections.
At Interlude-Fridley, we are also preparing for this anticipated surge. In conjunction with Allina Health and the Minnesota Department of Health, we believe that Interlude-Fridley is well-situated to support the recovery of individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19 but do not require acute care hospitalization.
Readying the Fridley location includes:
- Limiting admissions
- Reviewing and modifying our infection control practices
- Providing additional staff education and updates
- Preparing the building and conducting overall scenario planning
Q. Are you accepting new transitional care patients?
A. Interlude-Plymouth continues to accept transitional care guests.
At Interlude-Fridley we have put a hold on admissions in order to dedicate our full capacity for COVID patients effective April 20 to ensure that individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 have the best care possible in the upscale, soothing environment that Interlude offers.
Q. Can I visit Interlude?
A. We are following guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to restrict all visitors, volunteers and vendors to only essential visits, such as end-of-life. Such visits will be limited to minimize potential exposure.
We are requiring that essential visitors be screened prior to any access to Interlude. The screening will include a form that records the name, contact information, duration and purpose of the visit and who is being visited, if applicable, and responses to the following:
Q. Do you have enough supplies and staff to care for patients at Interlude?
- Do you have a new cough, difficulty breathing, or fever?
- Have you traveled outside of the country or been on a cruise in the last 14 days?
- Have you had close contact (within 6 feet, without PPE) with someone who tested positive for or is currently being tested for COVID-19 infection while that person was symptomatic?
We are working with our suppliers for needed supplies while avoiding stockpiling that could exacerbate shortages.
Q. What can I do to help?
You can be helpful in the following ways:
Q. Where can I find more information about COVID-19?
- Stay healthy and prevent spreading germs by following recommended actions: frequent handwashing; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose all used tissues; avoid contact with people who are ill.
- Stay in touch with your loved one at Interlude by phone, text, email or other means that do not require physical proximity.
- Be in prayer with us for those who will come to Interlude; for staff; for those working diligently to provide means of prevention, treatment and cure; and for calm, wisdom and mutual respect to prevail in our greater communities.
There are many resources available: