We wanted to provide a quick update. Today, our Director of Nursing noticed an unusual smell on our first floor. Out of an abundance of caution 911 was called and 3 residents were temporally moved to a different floor. Fire officials on scene say they believe the smell of gas stemmed from cleaning fluid poured down a floor drain. We’d like to thank the firefighters and first responders who made sure that St. Ann’s was safe and for their quick response.
Time is passing and our recovery from COVID-19 is improving with every day that the virus is not in our building. Please remember to wear your mask when walking around the building and to socially distance yourself from others. Of course, wash your hands. By keeping yourself safe, you are keeping your neighbors safe as well.
We have enjoyed seeing you at the outdoor visits and using the Little Store again. What we have been doing is working and I appreciate your patience with everything. On Monday August 3rd we opened the dining room for lunch with heavy precautions. It is going well.
Thank You for your resilience during the pandemic. I know how hard this has been on all of you. Because you have all done such an amazing job combating the virus, we can move along with re-opening parts of our facility. Please keep in mind that the Department of Health is giving us regulations on what we can and cannot do, but a lot has to do with our success with keeping the virus at bay. Our next project is re-opening the dining rooms. This is going to take some time, up to several weeks, as we have made many changes to some of those spaces to accommodate our current tray service and to implement a plan for infection control of all dining rooms. When the time comes, here is what you can expect at first:
M-F lunch meal only (the rest will continue to be tray service to your rooms)
You will dine only on the floor that you live on, other than 1st floor who will be eating on 2nd floor
Assigned table and only 1 person per table and all tables 6 feet apart
Assigned time period for your meal (as there will be designated shifts)
We are all looking forward to seeing you out and about more, and recapturing some of our normal that we miss so dearly. Please remember to always wear your mask and wash your hands. We will communicate and inform you as the opening date approaches and the final details are worked out.
Last week the Minnesota Department of Health approved outdoor, socially distanced, visits with residents. If you are interested please call and make an appointment with the front desk. We must have a scheduled appointment so we can properly sanitize and monitor. Please do not make an appointment if you feel any flu or cold like symptoms. You will be screened upon arrival.
We’re happy residents are able to see their family in person. Facetime and Zoom are also still available if you are interested.
We’d like to also thank the Duluth Chapter of the Altrusa Club for a recent donation of $1000 for resident activities and 130 face masks! Thank you to everyone that has continued to support us with donations.
We are still in need of resident and staff snacks, supplies for activities (ex: crossword puzzles), facemasks, and funds to continue our mission and support our Covid-19 effort.