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

Update for St. Ann’s Residence Regarding COVID-19 April 7, 2020

We have received confirmation from the Infection Control Team at Essentia Health that individuals at St. Ann’s have been diagnosed with COVID-19. We are working with the Essentia Infection Control Team, Minnesota Department of Health, CDC, St. Louis County Public Health Division and other local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps to keep our residents and staff safe. Resident safety is always our top priority and we are doing everything we can to ensure we stop the spread of COVID-19 within St. Ann’s. We are following the recommended preventative actions and have restricted visitors from entering our facility until the virus has been eradicated.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. We will contact you if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19. We understand that you are concerned about your loved ones, and know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact us at 218-727-8831.

 

Important Notice to Family and Visitors

Dear Family and Friends of St. Ann’s,

Please be aware our building is on full quarantine.

Only staff, care providing agency staff and supply delivery personnel are allowed into the building at this time.

We will continue to do everything we can to keep your family members safe.

If you have questions please call Scott Johnson, Executive Director

Thank you

Important Message to Family and Visitors

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March 30th, 2020

Building Restrictions

Hello Everyone,

Thank You for wearing your facemask and staying distant from others. The COVID-19 situation is dangerous and we all have to do what is required of us. I have allowed limited visitors in our building, knowing that there were no confirmed cases in our area. That has changed. Today there are 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Saint Louis County, and from what we have witnessed in the country, it is safe to say that number will grow.

Starting Friday April 3rd, visitors will not be allowed in our building.   Your family can leave you items at the front desk and we will deliver them to your apartment.

If there are things you need help with, please let me know and we will do our best to take care of them for you. There will be few if any exceptions to this phase of the quarantine.

Please respect the governor’s order to “Shelter at Home” and stay safe.

Thank You,

Scott Johnson

Executive Director

Saint Ann’s Residence

Administrator’s Update

Beginning tomorrow Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 some significant changes are occurring:

  1. Visitors will not be allowed in the building unless they are essential caregivers or vendors.
  2. The dining rooms will be closed. Food delivery to your apartment will be free of charge.
  3. All group activities are cancelled. This includes all music performances, parties, church services etc.

I ask that you limit your movements throughout the building and leaving the building. The government has suggested that seniors self-quarantine, as the coronavirus is exceptionally difficult on seniors.

I am sorry for this, as I know that none of this is easy. I am taking direction from the CDC, Care providers of Minnesota and the Department of Health. Everything is to keep you safe and well.

You can plan for these changes for the remainder of March. Our team will be evaluating the situation as things evolve.

Sincerely,

Scott Johnson-Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

An Important Note to Family and Friends.

Dear Family and Friends of St. Ann’s, we are receiving many calls and emails regarding wanting to come visit your loved ones. At this point we have cancelled or postponed all large events such as our March Rummage Sale and outside entertainment. Regarding visitors we are limiting visitors so only NECESSARY VISITORS enter and that you are not showing any signs of illness or have not traveled or could have been exposed. As this progresses we will keep you updated. Our residents safety and well being is our highest priority. Thank you.