To Our Family Members

Many of you already know that our Family here at St. Ann’s has been dramatically impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic. To date we have had 3 residents pass away at the hospital, and an additional 17 residents have tested positive. Our hearts are greatly saddened by this news, and our deepest sympathies go out to their families.

We are waiting for other pending test results. Of the 17 positive cases 4 were hospitalized Friday night.  The health and government officials have not yet ascertained how the virus got into the building, and are working to stop additional spread to our residents and staff.

We are working with the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, St. Louis County Public Health, Advanced Health Institute, and infection control specialists, experts and staff from local hospitals.

We will leave no stone unturned, and do everything in our power to fight against this virus. Upon finding out that one of our residents tested positive, we immediately went into action with the Infection Specialists of our area and our Elder Care team. We started testing immediately, put confirmed case infection control protocols in place, and the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC helped us implement a plan to stop the Covid-19 spread. Additional steps that we have taken are: RN nursing staff are staying on sight throughout the night, a new infection control specialist, daily meetings with Minnesota Department of Health, and staffing from St. Luke’s and Essentia. We have received many donations of personal protective equipment

We do not currently know how the long term impacts of this virus will impact us here at St. Ann’s, but are doing everything possible to protect our residents and staff.

Our incredible staff, volunteers, and outside professionals are doing incredible work to try to keep everyone safe and cared for.

We would like to thank our community for the overwhelming support. We understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important, and we are doing our best to keep in touch with family members while spending every hour of every day fighting this virus. This is a difficult time for everyone and we will continue to provide you with updates as they become available.

Thank you,

The St.Ann’s Team

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