September 11, 2020
Dear Family and Friends,
Last week’s staff testing came back with two staff positives. Both staff saw residents in the Care Center and the Assisted Living and we have taken proactive action accordingly. We were able to do thorough contact tracing and have placed all Residents and Tenants with potential for transmission on a quarantine and will monitor them for signs and symptoms. All staff and residents from both the Care Center and Assisted Living have been tested this week; results are pending. The handful of Care Center residents tested last week were all negative. As a result of CMS’s testing requirement based on County incident rates for Long-Term Care settings, the labs we use have been much busier and we are experiencing some lag time and struggle accessing test kits. Jones-Harrison did receive an antigen test machine and supplies from the federal government and we are using them as directed. This test machine is to be used for supplementing our current system and we are directed to use it for testing residents or staff with symptoms. The machine will give us rapid results, meaning withing 15 minutes!
Like all good Minnesotan’s, we follow the weather and are keenly aware the “W” word is coming. We know the weather is changing and are working on some plans to transform indoor space into visiting areas that will meet infection control guidelines. We will keep you posted on how those changes will be implemented. You may have noticed the appointment link ends at the end of September, this is because we are still developing our cold weather system and bookings will open up again once we have this settled. We will notify you when appointments starting October 1st are available. We appreciate everyone for their patience and following the rules for visitation.
Thank you for supporting Jones-Harrison and we hope you enjoy the nice weather while we have it next week!
Annette Greely, President/CEO