COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

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September 18, 2020 Letter

Visitor Notice

Dear Residents, Employees, Family Members, Legal Representatives and Health Care Providers:

On our company COVID call this week, we reviewed the positivity rates for the counties where our facilities are located.  The positivity rate is a measure the federal government uses to identify the current level of COVID transmission in a certain area.  A county with a positivity rate less than 5% is designated a “green” county.  A county with a positivity rate between 5-10% is designated a “yellow’” county and a county with a positivity rate over 10% is designated a “red” county. 

White River Lodge is located in Lawrence County, which is currently designated as a “green” county.

The federal government has provided White River Lodge with the COVID antigen point-of-care testing device and supplies. Since Lawrence County is a “green” county, we are required to COVID test White River’s staff on a monthly basis. If the county turns “yellow”, we are required to test the staff weekly. If the county turns “red”, the staff must be tested twice a week.

Our most recent round of staff testing has been completed and all results were negative. We have also conducted one round of baseline testing on the residents and those results were negative.  

We would like to remind you to call the facility ahead of time to schedule your outdoor visits.  We are unable to accommodate families who drop in unannounced due to requirements for staff supervision of visits. Please see the attached outdoor visitation guide for additional rules regarding these visits.

We are grateful Lawrence County has earned a low positivity level. We thank the residents of Lawrence County for this accomplishment. Please keep masking and practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing. Our residents and staff appreciate it!

As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact the facility administrator or myself at

Dr. Shellie M. Sonnentag, DNP, AGPCNP-C, CD
Vice President of Clinical Services
Real Property Health Facilities Corp.
435 Village Walk Lane Suite B
Johnson Creek, WI 53038

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