Covid 19 Update: June 8, 2020

June 8, 2020

Dear Family Members and Friends,

Thank you for the support this weekend regarding the inaccurate COVID-19 numbers.  We are appreciative of our relationship with our staff, families, and friends of Jones-Harrison.  Today, we are reporting cumulative numbers since the start of March.  Please note that all residents and staff have been tested twice and that the numbers represent totals for positive cases, residents passed away and residents recovered.  We currently have seven people from the Care Center in isolation.

Care Center

Total positive                  Total passed away             Totaled Recovered

45 residents                    18 (as of 6/8)                            20

Assisted Living

Total positive                   Total passed away            Total Recovered

6 tenants                                2                                       4


Total positive                    Number still out

32                                           12


We feel that with continued testing of all staff and residents, we are heading in a good direction.  This testing will now be done by our own staff at Jones-Harrison, after we finish working with the National Guard this week.  We know that testing and PPE will be our two greatest weapons to fight COVID-19.

Jones-Harrison will continue steady communications going through these times; however, we will move to a once per week update on Wednesdays beginning on June 17th. We will send a final Thursday update with our testing results this week.  We will always communicate if major changes occur or we have announcements.  I have greatly appreciated the questions and comments you have sent and the words of encouragement to all of us.


Annette Greely, President/CEO

Covid 19 Update: June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

We have completed whole house testing for the second week. Residents and staff were troopers, as having something put up your nose is not comfortable.  The National Guard team is very caring and compassionate and we are grateful for their time and effort.  Jones-Harrison will be having one more round of testing next week with the National Guard.

We had no new COVID-19 cases with our residents this week!  We have two residents graduating and moving off the isolation unit.  We had one staff person test positive who was asymptomatic.  That staff person will be on isolation for the next two weeks.  The Assisted Living building also had no new cases of residents or staff.

Jones-Harrison wants to remind our families and friends that even though the state is starting to open up, our Care Center and Assisted Living are under different rules.  We are still under the guidelines of the federal and state government to not allow visitors unless for end of life visits.  Our activities department is working on setting up window visits with families in the very near future and we will still maintain the video calls. We understand the frustration people have not seeing their families but until new guidelines come from the state and federal government, we ask for people’s understanding.

On a happy note, we are going to be phasing back our 1:1 strength training visits for those enrolled in our Wellness program.  Our goal is to slowly move life back to some normalcy for our residents.  We have all read or heard about the toll isolation has had on everyone’s mental health and our staff understand the need to help move forward.

The future of living with COVID-19 will change how we all interact with one another and our elderly.  Even though we are heading in a positive direction, Jones-Harrison understands we must stay vigilant in prevention, prepare for how our future looks, and learn to live with a new state of being.  We will all be learning this new future together.  Jones-Harrison residents and staff are grateful for our families and friends and in knowing we will have your support.

Annette Greely, President/CEO

Sun Worship!

What a glorious day to enjoy the gardens at Jones-Harrison Residence. Many thanks to the staff who take the time to help the residents enjoy the wonderful weather. Don even told stories about going to Hidden Beach at Cedar Lake…back when if you looked through the bushes, you could find some funny business going on back in the day!

Paula is in her favorite reading place, mask properly adorned!

Mary Alice does a bit of swinging!

Amanda takes Don for a stroll in the courtyard.

Stella tells Carl all about the gardens.

Southwest Journals Turns the Spotlight on Jones-Harrison Residents

Our thanks to the Southwest Journal, journalist Zac Farber and photojournalist Isaiah Rustad for speaking with tenants of Jones-Harrison’s Assisted Living and Long Term Care about their lives and their thoughts on living through the Covid-19 pandemic. Read the article

Jones-Harrison residents share their feelings about the Covid-19 pandemic with the Southwest Journal.

George looking very distinguished for his close-up!

Dolly holds a doll that she loves because it looks like her daughter, Pamela.

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.


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.


Annette Greely, President/CEO