Schultz Shares Solutions for COVID-19 Patients Returning to Long-Term Care Facilities

Schultz Shares Solutions for COVID-19 Patients Returning to Long-Term Care Facilities Click to Enlarge

(KWNO) Winona Health President/CEO Rachelle Schultz joined KWNO’s In the Know Wednesday and discussed a possible solution for COVID-19 patients returning to long-term care facilities following treatment for the virus.

State health officials have come under fire for allowing long-term care residents to return to their homes after being hospitalized for COVID-19. Winona Health is among many Greater Minnesota hospitals offering “swing beds,” which Shultz says can act as long-term care beds based on the amount of care a patient receives.

With intensive care capacity shrinking across the state, Schultz says the destination of recovered long-term care residents is an issue. Most long-term care facilities will not take residents back until they’ve tested negative for COVID-19 twice, according to Schultz.

Residents of long-term care facilities make up 81% of COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota, according to data from the Department of Health.

Schultz says health care providers are looking for intermediate steps before returning patients to their long-term care residences and believes Winona Health is providing facilities with that option.

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