A staff member at Kingsway Retirement Living in Belle Plaine has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Department of Health and confirmed by The Lutheran Home Association staff.
The staff member, who tested positive last week, is quarantined at home and will not be allowed to return to work until they have recovered from home, according to a statement from The Lutheran Home Association.
“We initiated aggressive proactive infection control measures, screening procedures and visitor restrictions months ago that will help us manage these cases as effectively as possible and protect the safety and health of our residents and staff,” the statement reads in part. “We are working in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health and following all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ensure a clean, safe environment for all who live and work here.”
The case comes as the vast majority of COVID-19 deaths are coming from long-term care or assisted living facilities. As of Tuesday, June 30, deaths among cases that resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities were 1,131 out of Minnesota’s 1,441 deaths. The positive case also comes after The Lutheran Home Association began allowing outside distance visiting to their facilities on Wednesday, June 24.
“For those visiting our facilities, we would ask that they follow the Department of Health and CDC guidelines to keep our residents safe and healthy,” THLA spokeswoman Dawn Roberts said.
Roberts added that the outdoor visits follow those guidelines. Among other expectations, visitors are asked not to make contact with visitors and are asked to bring masks. Details about the visits can be found at https://www.facebook.com/TLHABellePlaineCampus.
Additional congregate care facilities in Scott County with COVID-19 exposures, according to the Minnesota Department of Health, are
All Saints Senior Living, Emerald Crest Shakopee, McKenna Crossing, Shakopee Friendship Manor, and St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center.