Covid-19 Updates

May 14th 2021

  • Visits can start at 7:00am. The last entry into the building is 8:30pm.
  • All visitors must be screened before entering the building.
  • Face masks are to be worn at all times and must cover the nose and mouth.
  • Hand hygiene is to be performed before and after the visit and as needed during the visit.
  • Any visitor who has signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to visit.
  • Visitors are not to roam around the building or visit with staff or other residents.
  • Visitors are to use the dock elevator to get to the 2nd floor Health Center. The code is 6131*.
  • Visitors cannot eat with residents as that would require the removal of face masks.
  • Both the visitor(s) and the resident must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet between them at all times.
  • Physical touch is allowed for fully vaccinated residents only. (Fully Vaccinated definition is 2 weeks have passed since the 2nd dose of Moderna or Pfizer, OR the one dose of Johnson & Johnson)
  • Residents who are in quarantine or isolation are not allowed to have visitors. They can have Compassionate Care Visits which must be scheduled in advance.
  • Visits are not allowed during meal times in the Health Center (7:30 am-9:00 am, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm)
  • Visitors are not allowed in the main dining room of the Lodge.
  • Health Center residents without a roommate may have visitors in their room. Residents with a roommate are to have their visit in the living room, the dining room, or outside, weather permitting.
  • Lodge residents are to have visits in their apartments or outside, weather permitting.
  • Any visitor who fails to comply with the above guidance will be asked to leave. 

May 6th 2021

Testing this week resulted in all negative tests.  We have one more week of quarantine while we continue testing.  Unfortunately, that means no indoor or outdoor visits.  Residents may have Compassionate Care visits and end of life visits.   They must be scheduled in advance and are limited to 2 guests and can last no longer than 1 hour.  Compassionate Care visits can be scheduled with the Receptionist.  End of Life Visits are scheduled with nursing.

Zoom/Video chat visits/calls and window visits can be done and are to be scheduled with Jane, Director of Life Enrichment.

Families/friends can still take resident to doctor appointments or on home visits.  If the resident is fully vaccinated and practice proper infection control measures (face mask, social distancing, hand hygiene) then they do not have to quarantine for 14 days upon their return.  The family member/friend must be screened before they leave with the resident.


April 29th 2021 

We received an update on the guidance for the Lodge location for the next 14 days: 

Visitation will be restricted, other than for compassionate care visits and end of life visits. These visits must be by appointment.

Small group activities can be done but only on resident floors.  

Medically necessary appointments in the community only.

At this time Dining Rooms will remain open for vaccinated individuals.  


April 29th 2021 

Testing this week revealed two positive COVID-19 results.  Visitation is suspended today (Thursday, April 29) and will resume tomorrow only for the Lodge building and the 2nd floor of the Tjardes Health Center.  Although the CDC and CMS came out with new guidance, we will not be able to implement it due to the positive test results.  Group Activities are suspended.  The Lodge Dining Room will continue to be open, however dining in the Tjardes Health Center will be restricted to resident rooms for most residents.  Evenglow will continue to observe guidance from the CDC, CMS and IDPH for COVID-19 outbreaks.  An outbreak is one positive test.

April 22nd, 2021

Per IDPH guidance, today we are able to resume visitation, communal dining, group activities and beauty shop. Twice weekly testing of staff and residents will continue until there are no new cases in a 14 day period.

Although most residents, and perhaps you have been fully vaccinated, there is still a risk of catching and transmitting COVID 19 and variants.  Please observe Evenglow’s policy of masking and maintaining a 6 foot distance. 

You need to complete the prescreen on our website the day before their visit – Please see button at the top of the home page. 

April 21st, 2021 

The following procedure was development in accordance with IDPH, CMS, and CDC guidance. 


 If at any time one positive case is identified in a resident or staff member the following will occur.

  • The entire building (shelter and health center) will be placed in quarantine
  • Staff entering and working in any patient care area should wear an N95 mask and eye protection – either goggles or face shields
  • Staff who do not interact directly in the area/unit will continue to wear facemasks. Examples include office workers separated in different work areas (not offices on the resident area/unit) and kitchen staff who do not leave the kitchen area or deliver meals in the area/unit
  • Conduct one round of facility wide testing. Exclude staff and residents who have tested COVID-19 positive for <90 days ago. Testing is to be completed within 3 days.

While in Quarantine and until results of the first round of testing is known:

  • Residents are restricted to their rooms
  • Communal dining is suspended
  • Social activities are suspended
  • Beauty/Barber shop services suspended
  • Indoor and Outdoor visits are suspended. Virtual visits are allowed
  • Compassionate Care and End of Life visits are allowed
  • IP or their designee will determine what area/unit of the facility is affected by the positive staff/resident

If no additional cases are identified:

  • Continue to conduct facility wide testing every 3-7 days until at least 14 days have passed with no new cases. The final round of testing should take place on or after the 14th day following the date for the last positive case.
  • The affected area/unit of the facility will remain on quarantine until they have gone 14 days without a new case.

            -Resident in the affected area/unit will be restricted to their rooms

            -Suspend communal dining and social activities

-Suspend indoor and outdoor visits – Compassionate Care and End of Life visits area allowed. Virtual visits are allowed.

  • Vaccinated residents may be allowed to co-mingle with other vaccinated residents using core infection prevention principles of social distancing, hand hygiene, and face mask, but must stay on the affected area/unit. Vaccinated residents can also do the following:

            -Limited small activities in the area/unit

-Communal dining if space is in the area/unit

            -Walk hallways in the area/unit


The remaining units/areas within Evenglow may resume communal dining, social activities, and visitation per IDPH guidance.


Staff entering and working on ANY patient care area should continue to wear an N95 mask and eye protection (goggles or face shield) until the quarantine is over.


If additional cases are identified and involve other areas/units:

  • The entire building is on Quarantine
  • Continue to conduct facility wide testing as required per testing plan until no more positive cases for 14 days
  • Staff entering and working on any patient care area should wear an N95 mask and eye protection (goggles or face shield)


While in Quarantine:

  • residents are restricted to their rooms
  • suspend communal dining and social activities
  • Suspend indoor and outdoor visits – compassionate care and end of life visits are allowed


  • Vaccinated resident may do the following but only on the area/unit they reside:

-co-mingle with other vaccinated residents following the core infection prevention principles of social distancing, hand hygiene, and face mask use

            -limited small activities

            -communal dining

            -walk in hallways


March 11th 2021 


Starting Friday, March 12th

Visits can start at 7:00am.  The last entry into the building is at 8:30pm

No Time limitation on visits


Tjardes Health Center

  • Visitors will be welcomed into the building
  • Enter for screening at reception
  • Maximum of 30 visitors at a time in building
  • No visitation during meals:

                7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

                11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

                5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Visitors for Residents without a roommate may visit in the resident’s room
  • Visitors for residents with a roommate will visit in the dining room



  • Visitors will be welcomed into the building
  • Enter for screening at reception
  • Visits will be held in the resident’s apartments
  • Maximum of 50 visitors at a time in building 


  • Visitors will be welcomed into the building
  • Enter for screening at reception
  • Maximum of 25 visitors at a time in the building 



  • Must screen at reception
  • Must wear a mask
  • Must stay physically distanced from other people
  • May have close contact (including touch) with their family member, unless the resident is not vaccinated, performing hand hygiene before and after
  • May not visit other residents or staff
  • Please note sharing a meal together is not yet allowed due to mask mandate. 

*Weather permitting, visits can be moved to the outdoors.

The Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention should be adhered to at all times.  This includes performing hand hygiene, wearing a face covering or mask covering mouth and nose, and

social distancing at least six feet between persons.



March 2, 2021

  • All visits must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
  • All visitors will be pre-screened the day before the visit per phone call
  • At the time of the visit, the visitors will enter Evenglow at the main entrance on Washington Street to have the final screening done.
  • After the final screening the visitors will drive or walk to their designated visiting location (Madison street entrance for the health center and Washington street for the craft room entrance) OR outdoor visit (preferable) weather permitting.
  • Limit of 2 visitors at a time AND the visitors must be from the same household
  • Visits will last no longer than 1 hour
  • Visitors will wear a mask and perform hand hygiene before the visit. They will also maintain a 6 foot separation (social distancing) between themselves and the resident.
  • The resident will perform hand hygiene and wear a mask during the visit.
  • The visit will be supervised intermittently to ensure infection control measures (wearing a mask, social distancing, performing hand hygiene) are followed.
  • Visitors are required to comply with Evenglow’s visitation policy.  If a visitor refuses to follow our policy, the visit may end and the visitor will be asked to leave.


(symptoms include fever, shaking with chills, sore throat, shortness of breath, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, new loss of taste or smell, new onset headache  or muscle pain)


February 25th, 2021 

Evenglow Lodge and Evenglow Inn are moving to CMS Phase 2! Effective March 2nd 

What stays the same: 

  • Wear surgical mask, practice social distancing and perform hand hygiene 
  • Virtual or teleconference visits and outdoor visits are allowed 
  • End of life visits 
  • Compassionate care visits 
  • The dining rooms remain open on a modified basis 
  • Group activities of no more than 10 residents are allowed. 
  • Medically necessary trips are allowed and family can take the resident to the appointment. The Long Term Care Facility Risk Assessment is completed with each trip. 
  • Overnight outings/overnight visits include hospital stays and family visits. The resident will be placed in 14 day quarantine upon their return. 

What changes: 

  • Off-site outings and non-medical trips should be avoided. If you do go on an outing the following must be done:  
  • Residents no longer have to be tested for COVID-19. Testing resumes only if there is a new COVID-19 positive case among residents or staff. 
  • Staff will be tested monthly for COVID-19. 
  • Indoor visits are allowed but must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Each resident’s Emergency Contact person will receive a call soon to schedule a visit. Please do not call Evenglow to schedule a visit at this time. More information will be posted so stay tuned. 
  • In-house Salon services are allowed. 


February 18th, 2021 

There are no positive COVID test again this week! 

Next week we will continue with the modifications made this current week:

  • Modified dining
  • Small Group Activities
  • Small Group Religious Services

Testing will be 1/month for residents and employees 1/week. 


February 11th, 2021 


 Data as of February 11, 2021

  • Test Positivity Rates for Livingston County has been <5% since December 30, 2020.
  • Livingston County’s current Test Positivity Rate is 2.8%.
  • Last COVID-19 + Shelter Resident = November 17, 2020
  • Last COVID-19 + Health Center Resident = December 3, 2020
  • Last COVID-19 + Staff Member = January 25, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Shelter Resident = 100% received the vaccine