Dow Rummel Village’s

COVID-19 Response

Thank you for working together during the past year. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the residents and their families for their trust in us during this extraordinary time. Please know we continue to receive updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and local and state health departments, in order to determine the best course as we reopen our community and begin our new normal.

Current Visitation Guidelines

As of November 15, 2021, we announce the following changes on our campus:

Dow Rummel will allow responsible indoor visitation at all times and for residents, regardless of vaccination status. There is no limit to the number of visitors a resident can have at one time. Visitation can be conducted in residents’ rooms, dedicated visitation spaces and outdoors. Visits should be conducted in a manner that adheres to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention and does not increase risk to other residents.


Wear A Mask

Covering your mouth and nose

Hand Hygiene

Use of alcohol-based hand rub preferred

Socially Distance

Stay at least 6 feet from others

    Independent Living
    • Residents are not required to wear a mask but are highly encouraged.
    • Visitors are allowed in the apartments and may gain access to the independent buildings’ secure entrance lobby areas. Instructions for use of this system are posted in each entrance lobby area.
    • Visitors are asked to continue wearing a mask, practice good hand hygiene, and safe social distancing.
    • If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms. Residents should contact 605-575-0199 if they need to be tested.
    • Residents are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing when participating in group activities outside of our community or when around anyone who is not fully vaccinated.


    Licensed Areas
    • Visitors will be required to have a health screening upon entry. The primary screening entrance is 1321 W. Dow Rummel St. between 8:00 am and 6:30 pm daily.
    • Residents are not required to wear a mask but are highly encouraged.
    • Visitors must always wear a mask if in public areas.
    • Visitors must continue to maintain social distancing from all other residents and staff during the visit.
    • Visitors will not be allowed to eat in public areas in the licensed care buildings.
    All Areas
    • Cleaning/disinfection of high-frequency touched surfaces in the facility often, and designated visitation areas after each visit.
    • Staff are screened daily and required to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
    • Effective cohorting of residents (e.g., separate areas dedicated to COVID-19 care).
    • Resident and staff testing conducted as required by the SDDOH and CMS.
    • Instructional signage throughout the facility and visitor education on COVID-19 signs and symptoms, infection control precautions, other applicable facility practices.
    • We are allowing private family gatherings in common areas. Please contact 605-336-1490 for more details. 
    • Dow Rummel Village has two guest rooms that may be rented by family and friends for a comfortable, on-site stay. Reservations can be made by calling the Dow Rummel front desk at 605-336-1490.
    Transmission-based precautions (TBP) or Quarantine

    While not recommended, residents who are on transmission-based precautions (TBP) or quarantine can still receive visitors. In these cases, visits should occur in the residents’ room and the residents should wear a well-fitted face mask (if tolerated). Before visiting residents who are on TBP or quarantine, visitors should be made aware of the potential risk of visiting and precautions necessary in order to visit the resident.

      Compassion Care Visits

      Compassionate care visits are allowed always, regardless of the resident’s vaccination status, the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate, or an outbreak.

      • Visitors will be required to have a health screening upon entry at our front desk.
      • Visitors must always wear a mask.
      • Visitors must continue to maintain social distancing from all other residents and staff during the visit.

      While end-of-life situations have been used as examples of compassionate care situations, the term “compassionate care” does not exclusively refer to end-of-life. Examples of other compassionate care situations include, but are not limited to:

      • A resident, who was living with their family before recently moving to Dow Rummel, is struggling with the change in environment and lack of physical family support.
      • A resident who is grieving after a friend or family member recently passed away.
      • A resident who needs cueing and encouragement with eating or drinking, previously provided by family and/or caregivers), is experiencing weight loss or dehydration.
      • A resident, who used to talk and interact with others, is experiencing emotional distress, seldom speaking, or crying more frequently (when the resident had rarely cried in the past).

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