Emergency information for River Bend in Great Bend, Kansas

January 18, 2021

Good Afternoon River Bend Family,   

In addition to what has already been reported here are today’s updates:

  • All of our residents are stable in the building.
  • Our positive employee is now fully recovered and back to work
  • Another round of whole house testing showed no additional positive residents or staff.
  • We are doing our best to keep our residents engaged and connected during this time.  If we can assist you in connecting with your loved one, please let us know.    

Our residents come first.  And every team member at River Bend is committed to that philosophy.    Your support and prayers keep us going.    If you have further questions, please reach out to me. 



Jamie Peters



Update:  Monday, November 30, 2020

Good River Bend Family:

Here is an update of where we stand today:

I am pleased to share that we have now had two rounds of testing with no new positive COVID-19 cases.  Therefore, we were able to lift our quarantine on Saturday, November 28th.  Our residents were so excited to rejoin their friends. 

According to Kansas guidelines we are not able to offer indoor visits because our county positivity rate is over 10%.  We can however allow outdoor visits, closed window visits and indoor compassionate care visits. 

A special thanks to our amazing team here at River Bend.   They worked hard to take care of our residents and each other during these challenging few weeks.  Thank you for your continued support as well. 


Update:  Thursday, November 5, 2020

Good evening River Bend Family:

Here is an update of where we stand today:

As a result of our whole-house testing we learned that two additional residents and four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.  As we reported on Monday, two residents tested positive for the virus. 

  • Instead of transferring these residents to our sister community in Russell, we are now caring in place at our community.
  • Our positive residents have been placed on droplet isolation in their respective rooms and they are being cared for by designated staff who do not care for negative testing residents during their shift. 
  • Staff taking care of these residents are in full personal protective equipment.  We have an adequate supply of PPE and can access more as needed from our company stockpiles. 

Our in-room quarantine continues and we are checking them every 4 hours during wake time for symptoms.   No other residents or staff are symptomatic at this time.  

We will conduct another round of whole-house testing tomorrow and expect results within 72 hours.  You will be notified privately of your loved one’s result and we will update everyone on our overall results. 

In accordance with state guidelines we must suspend all indoor and outdoor visits until we have had two rounds of whole house testing showing all negative results. 

We believe open and transparent communication, balanced with protecting individual privacy is essential at this time.  Please direct all of your questions to me.   Thank you for your continued support and prayers during these challenging times.  Knowing you are behind us – keeps us going. 



Jamie Peters