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Brendan House to implement visitor restrictions

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. As of today, there are no individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Montana. However, like many other nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in the state, we are taking steps to proactively protect the health and safety of some of our most vulnerable patients by instituting visitor restrictions at Brendan House.

Effective at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, Brendan House will restrict all visitors as a precautionary measure to protect residents.

“The new visitor restrictions follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which recommends limiting the number of people who enter these facilities,” says KRH Chief Medical Officer, Doug Nelson, M.D. “However, we recognize the importance of regular interactions with family. To help patients and residents stay connected to their families and friends, Brendan House staff will facilitate virtual visitation using tools like Facetime and Skype as well as phone calls and letter correspondence.”

Community members are reminded that the best way to prevent the spread of illness is through preventive measures including:

  • Washing hands thoroughly and often.
  • Covering your cough.
  • Avoiding touching your face.
  • Staying home if you’re sick.
  • Avoiding large gatherings and close contact with people who are ill.

We will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation through recommendations from our infection prevention specialists, state and local health officials and the CDC and update the community as the situation continues to develop.

Meanwhile, the Flathead City-County Health Department has established a website specifically dedicated to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at: https://flatheadhealth.org/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/ in addition to an automated public information line at: (406) 751-8188.

Learn more about COVID-19 at www.krh.org/COVID-19