40 seniors left Wayzata care facility


Clusters of COVID-19 began to emerge in and around Minnesota on Saturday, as the state wrapped up its deadliest week to date in the pandemic by reporting more than 100 new cases for the fourth consecutive day.

A home for the aged in Wayzata has moved about three dozen residents after other residents and staff fell ill last week.

Across the border in North Dakota, state officials have announced that an epidemic linked to a large manufacturing plant in Grand Forks now includes 110 confirmed cases of COVID-19, some of which involved Minnesota workers.

Diseases recently confirmed in Minnesota on Saturday included a tripling of cases in Nobles County, the site of an outbreak at the end of last week at a pork processing plant in Worthington.

The Minnesota Department of Health has announced 10 additional deaths, bringing the total number of seven days to 57 and the number of deaths in the state during the health crisis to 121. Confirmed cases now number 2,213 and cover 74 of 87 state counties.

The decision to relocate residents of Meridian Manor, a 50-bed assisted living center in Wayzata, was made in consultation with state and local officials, the health ministry said in a statement to Star. Grandstand. A majority of staff and administrators also fell ill, according to the state, and were unable to care for the residents.

“Although we do not have an exact number of confirmed cases in the establishment at the moment, we know that five residents were sent to a nearby hospital because of their care needs, some residents are relocated with their family and others will be transferred to a nearby long-term care facility, “said the Ministry of Health. “Residents’ family members are informed of the place where they are being displaced.”

In a statement later today, Meridian Manor said residents began testing the new coronavirus at the hospital on April 7. The results prompted the establishment to test all residents; Saturday, 18 of 55 were positive. A resident died on Friday of complications from COVID, the establishment said on Friday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Meridian Manor community, our residents and their families,” said Torsten Hirche, president of the facility’s parent company, in the release.

Eighty-seven residents of Minnesota long-term care facilities died from COVID-19, which accounts for more than two-thirds of all statewide deaths.

As of April 11, Meridian Manor was not among the group care facilities identified by the Department of Health as having at least one case of COVID-19. On Wednesday, he was among dozens of establishments listed by the state, which only publishes names for establishments with at least 10 residents.

Meridian Manor said in a statement on Saturday that health officials have ordered the facility “to transfer all residents not affected by COVID-19 to other providers while residents with COVID-19 continue to be treated in hospitals ”.

Just before 2:30 p.m., two ambulances from the North Memorial Health Hospital were parked in front of the Meridian Manor, and masked workers with stretchers took patients from the facility to the waiting ambulances.

Clusters elsewhere

Meanwhile, in Worthington, the caseload for Nobles County in the southwest corner of the state rose from 12 Friday to 36 Saturday, the health ministry said. Union officials on Friday reported infections among workers at the JBS plant in Worthington, the latest example of a correlation between meat packing plants and coronavirus hotspots.

In the Red River Valley, North Dakota health officials have reported the largest single-day increase in cases in the state, almost all due to an outbreak at the LM Wind Power Facility site in Grand Forks.

Governor Doug Burgum said Saturday that 88 more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in this group, bringing the number of known cases among factory workers and their relatives to 110. Only one of these cases required hospitalization so far.

The plant, which makes rotor blades for wind turbines and is owned by General Electric, closed Tuesday evening for two weeks of deep cleaning. It employs approximately 900 workers at the plant, some of whom live in Minnesota.

After eight workers tested positive earlier last week, a rapid response team including members of the North Dakota National Guard tested 426 workers and others who had been in close contact with them on Thursday, said John Bernstrom, the city’s news manager.

While authorities were still awaiting the results of about 50 tests, he said 88 had returned positive, including eight from Minnesota residents.

Additional trials are planned for next week. State officials also ordered LM Wind Power employees to quarantine for 14 days.

COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus that appeared in China late last year. Since the first case was reported in Minnesota in early March, a total of 561 people have been hospitalized.

As of Saturday, 111 patients were in intensive care. State data suggests that one of the new patients is a 20-year-old patient, the youngest currently in intensive care.

Most patients with COVID-19 do not need to be hospitalized. The disease usually causes mild or moderate illness, according to the Ministry of Health, and does not require a clinic visit.

The median age for all cases is 54 and the median age for all those who die is 84.

Editors Kavita Kumar, Marissa Evans and Chris Serres contributed to this report.

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