Promoting Health & Safety in Our Communities

Published: September 30, 2022

The health and safety of our residents and team members is our top priority. The meticulous care of our buildings and living spaces has always been an important part of caring for the people we serve. Over the past two and a half years, we have adjusted our approach and have implemented the latest technologies to keep our buildings safe for residents, team members and visitors. Our strategy has been focused on keeping people safe while also adapting to keep residents connected with their loved ones.

Following the most updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and our local and state health agencies, we are pleased to welcome visitors to our Ecumen communities.

Visitors entering our community…

  • are welcome to enter without screening in
  • should wear a face covering or mask if the county’s community transmission rates are high or during an outbreak. Signs will be posted at entrances indicating if masks are required. (You are welcome to wear a mask at any time if you are most comfortable doing so.)

Ongoing Infection Prevention Reminders

  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19
  • Follow guidance if you have symptoms, a confirmed COVID-19 infection or close contact with someone who has COVID – and defer non-urgent in-person visits
  • Cover your cough
  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently
  • Stay up to date on COVID and flu vaccinations

How We Help People Stay Safe

Keeping the air in our communities clean and healthy is critical—even though you can’t see the outcome. We’ve hired outside professionals to conduct a thorough review of our Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and are making improvements as necessary. Our communities use portable air purifiers and negative air machines to improve air quality and air flow. Some of our communities also have installed air disinfection and purification equipment, which uses GPS needlepoint bipolar ionization technology that eliminates airborne particulates, odors and pathogens.

We have increased our cleaning and disinfection routines and use EPA List N disinfectants.

We are following the most up-to-date guidance on masks and PPE.

We’ve increased the number of hand sanitizing stations throughout our communities, and have signage reminding people to regularly wash their hands.


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Link
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): Link


  • State Department of Health Resources:
    • Minnesota Department of Health: Link
    • Idaho Department of Health: Link
    • Iowa Department of Health: Link
    • North Dakota Department of Health: Link
    • Wisconsin Department of Health: Link