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.
Information regarding COVID-19 changes every day both on a local and a national level. Even here at St Ann’s things differ from day to day depending on who is being tested or if someone does not feel well.
Here is the current information of where we are at as of this Friday, May 29th. As of this morning we have one resident that is currently testing positive and hopefully they will get a negative reading soon. There has been a lot of discussion on many levels of the accuracy of testing and who should be tested. Be assured the medical community and the Minnesota Department of Health are giving us tremendous support and they are helping us in every way possible to keep you safe. We have had no new cases in the last several weeks.
Regarding total cases here at St. Ann’s: Since April 3rd when the first positive case was confirmed through today, 29 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 29 cases, 18 have recovered and sadly 11 residents have died. We know many of you are grieving the passing of your friends and neighbors. We are working on getting support in to help everyone with all the changes that have happened because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like all other assisted living facilities in the state, we are still on the “stay at home” order and no visitors. As soon as the regulations and guidelines change, we will let you know. Thank you for your understanding.
As Mother’s day weekend is here St. Ann’s like many other facilities are still on a strict no visitor policy. The long traditions of style shows and Mother’s Day Teas will, unfortunately, have to be put on hold. This year we had planned a 50’s Rock and Roll Sock Hop dance had been planned. Hopefully, in the near future, that event will be able to go on as planned. This Mother’s day all our female residents will receive a rose with their noon meal.
We continue to work hard every day to protect our residents. We are still in contact with government and health officials. We still also have an Infection Control Specialist on site. We, again, thank the community for all of the support and donations. This week was National Nurses week and Friday was a special day at St. Ann’s where donors provided lunch to all employees and gifts of lotions, soaps, and gift bags. It meant so much to all the superheroes that are working to take care of our residents.