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Covid-19 Update: June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you everyone for being patient as we got results back from our whole house testing!  We will give you total test numbers from last week in this update.

Here are the numbers from our whole house testing:

Skilled/Care Center         Assisted Living                   Staff (includes AL and Care Center)

102 tested                          28 tested                            210 tested

9 positive                           1 positive                            3 positive (all Care Center staff)

Those residents who tested positive were moved to the isolation unit at the care center. The residents who tested positive were showing no symptoms and were moved to isolation for monitoring.  Staff who tested positive were not allowed to come back to work until they go through the 14-day isolation period.

There are currently 15 residents on isolation in our care center. We have had 15 people pass away from COVID-19 in our care center and two residents in our assisted living, since this began.  Our blessing is we have had 10 people recover from isolation and move back to their rooms.  Since this began, we have had 27 staff test positive, many have recovered and returned to help us.

We will also be testing again tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 3.  The National Guard will be out to test all residents and staff who tested negative.  These tests will occur again next Tuesday and Wednesday with the National Guard.  Please know that we are still testing residents and staff in between these times if symptoms occur.

Jones-Harrison will be emailed our results from the Mayo Health System in Rochester.  Test results are coming back in batches at different times.  This time, we will be calling our resident’s primary contact if results come back positive. We will not be calling to report negative results. PLEASE DO NOT call us asking for results unless we have left a message for you to call us.  We will email again (hopefully Friday) to let you know that all results are in and if you have not been called then your loved one is negative.

All of us at Jones-Harrison were saddened by the events of the past week in Minneapolis.  The safety of our residents and staff during these challenging times are upmost in our minds.  We are monitoring the situation constantly for the residents.  We are working to provide transportation and housing options if needed for our staff who live in these communities.

These times are a test of the human spirit.  The strain of COVID-19 and the winds of change for justice and equality, strain our spirit and we take moments of gratitude from the support of our Jones-Harrison family and friends.  Your support and prayers are a comfort to our residents and staff.

Sincerely,

Annette Greely, President/CEO

First Round of Covid-19 Whole House Testing Completed

May 27, 2020

Dear Residents and Families,

Thank you for your patience while we complete our whole house testing with the Minnesota Department of Health!  We finished the first round of testing before noon today and everything went very well! The National Guard staff who came to test were wonderful to work with and very compassionate.  The staff and the residents handled the nose swabs very well!

Jones-Harrison will be emailed our results from the Mayo Health System in Rochester.  Test results are coming back in batches at different times.  We will be calling our resident’s primary contact as we receive their results. If we cannot reach you, we will leave a message and ask that you call us back.  PLEASE DO NOT call us asking for results unless we have left a message for you to call us.

All residents and staff who are testing negative will be retested in about seven days and again the following week. This will also be done by the National Guard and tests sent to the Mayo in Rochester once again.  We will repeat the same process of notifying families when the results come back.  When all the results are back, we will send out a summary email.

We appreciate everyone’s support and patience with this process.  Jones-Harrison wishes to express its thanks to the caring and supportive team from the National Guard.

Sincerely,

Annette Greely, President/CEO

Covid-19 Update 5-21-2020

May 21, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Today, we are just updating everyone with more information about yesterday’s email and we will not have new numbers. We have gotten a lot of support from our announcement yesterday and we thank you.  Jones- Harrison is also thankful to be one of the early facilities to get whole house testing.

Some questions have come up that I would like to address:

  1. Who is getting tested?
    1. All residents of the nursing home and assisted living are getting tested. Also, all staff of the nursing home and assisted living are getting tested.  This includes food service staff.
  2. When will we get results?
    1. Tests are being processed at different labs and therefore we do not have information on how long results will take to get. We anticipate receiving results in 3 – 5 days.
  3. Will we get notified of the results?
    1. We will notify you if there is a positive result. If results are negative, you will not get a call. We will send out communication to everyone after all results have come in.
  4. Will they test again?
    1. MDH plans to test next week and each week after for the next two weeks. Jones-Harrison will continue to test as needed in between and after MDH is done with their weekly tests.
    2. If a resident test is positive, they will not be tested until they have completed the 14 day isolation period. We will test them at the end of this time and continue to test until the results are negative.  If a resident test is negative, they will be retested weekly thereafter, or immediately if symptoms arise.
    3. Staff who test positive will not be tested until after the 14 day isolation period. Staff who test negative will also repeat weekly tests unless symptoms arise.

Again, thank you for your support during these times and we will work to get you information in a timely manner. There will be no update this Monday; we will resume with an update next Thursday or once we have completed initial testing. We will be able to relay how the process went and a possible timeline for results.  Jones-Harrison wishes everyone a nice Memorial Weekend.

Sincerely,

Annette Greely, President/CEO

Signs of Encouragement

All the residents of Jones-Harrison appreciate the cards, letters and pictures they have been receiving during these past weeks. Carly, a student at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, made us these signs as part of a school service project. Keep those cards and letters and signs coming!

Covid-19 Update 5-18-2020

May 18, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you everyone for the thoughtful questions you ask and the support you continue to show our Jones-Harrison community.  We are grateful for all the items donated to help support our staff and when we get through these times, Jones-Harrison is going to have an “Appreciation” celebration.  We do not know when that will be but thinking about seeing our families again to say thank you in person keeps us going.

We are getting ready for testing of all residents and staff.  Jones-Harrison will send out information when we are told what day MDH will be working with us.  We are working on contingency staffing and today we had 12 people in new staff orientation.  Jones-Harrison is excited to welcome them to our family and to continue our mission of serving seniors!

Today’s numbers will show that we are expanding our testing while we wait to work with MDH.

Care Center:

Total tested: 59           Total positive: 26 (11 people have passed away)         Total negative: 25              Total tests pending: 8

Assisted Living:

Total tested: 15           Total positive: 5 (two people have passed away)         Total negative: 9                Total Tests pending: 1

Staff:

Total positive: 19        Total negative: 20       Total Tests pending: 4

Some people have asked why we have not tested everyone already and we hope you understand that there are many logistics involved.  We have only recently had access to enough testing and the guidance for nursing homes from the state only changed to whole house testing last week.  Nursing homes must also ensure they have a staffing plan in place before they test everyone.  This virus is not like anything we have dealt with before and we are doing our best with the information at hand.  Through all of this we strive to provide the best care we can.

Jones-Harrison is grateful for having a community that cares so much!

Sincerely,

Annette Greely, President/CEO

Belated Mother’s Day Sing-A-Long

Our thanks to Joey Clark for once again providing a wonderful sing-a-long for the residents of Jones-Harrison in honor of Mother’s Day.  We waited for a nicer day so residents could sit outside or open their windows to sing along.  Joey was kind enough to play in each of our two courtyards so more people could enjoy the show.

Joanne, Hannah and Mary enjoy the courtyard and the show!

Judy & Colleen take it all in from above!

Covid-19 Update 5-14-2020

May 14, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

Weather is a normal topic of discussion for Minnesotans and we are thankful when we can get outside and enjoy blue skies and fresh air.  Spring gives us renewed energy and a promise of wonderful things to come.  Our families and friends of Jones-Harrison have a lot of similarities to the wonderful energy and similarities of joyful expectation.  Your support fuels us with energy and your kinds words bring joy when we need them the most.

The weather also brings an urge to go about and visit friends and family.  We at Jones-Harrison understand the need to use the weather to visit outside with social distancing, but sadly we cannot allow families and friends to visit with residents outside.  We are still under federal and state “lockdown” and we must maintain the safety of our residents and you the best we can. This lockdown remains even as Governor Walz’s ‘stay at home’ order lifts for the public. Our staff truly understand how hard times are when our residents cannot be with their families in person.  We ask for your continued patience in not coming to Jones-Harrison to visit, even outside.

We also know of the information everyone is hearing about facility wide testing for residents and staff.  We have been contacted by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and we are working on setting up our date for whole campus testing.  To ensure the safety of our residents, Jones-Harrison must we have an adequate staffing plan in place before we engage in this level of testing.  When a date is set, we will communicate that information with you.  In the meantime, we are expanding testing to some asymptomatic residents we feel may have exposure risk while we wait to hear from MDH; therefore, you will see more pending test numbers as we are widening resident testing.

Our numbers today:

Care Center:  Total Tested: 49            Total positive:  26 (10 have passed away, 5 have recovered)       Total negative: 27      Total pending:  5     In isolation: 11

Assisted Living: Total Tested: 9     Total positive: 3 (one has passed away)     Total negative: 4         Total Pending: 0             In Isolation  3

Staff:  Total Tested: 43         Total positive: 19         Total negative: 20           Total pending: 5

Providing residents with a safe plan of care while we undergo testing of all staff, again, is our top concern.  We are working to locate outside sources of staffing to ensure safe resident care while we work with MDH to begin mass testing.  Our staff is working diligently on behalf of the residents to provide care, activities, and most importantly the human connection we all need during these times.

Enjoy the changing of seasons, knowing there is beauty in the colors and music from the birds.  We know that we are grateful for the change in season and the continued support you bring to us.

Sincerely,

Annette Greely, President/CEO