Minnesota Department of Health Connects At Least One Case of COVID-19 To Duluth Long-Term Care Facility


Only one person must test positive for the situation to be considered an epidemic, said MDH director of infectious diseases, Kris Ehresmann. Anyone affiliated with long-term care who has tested positive is counted, including residents, employees or someone who had simply visited the facility before having a positive test, such as a contractor.

MDH ranks Superior View Apartments in Duluth as one of 47 establishments in Minnesota with at least one case affiliated with the establishment.

Ehresmann called the public list “an unprecedented level of data” to be provided by the state agency.

“It’s not like putting charcoal in your Christmas stockings,” said Ehresmann, referring to the listed facilities. “This is not to say that these facilities do not in any way do the right thing on the part of their resident. It’s just transparent. We know (COVID-19) is circulating in the community and we are now examining 48 hours before the onset of symptoms of potential exposure … these populations are so vulnerable and we cannot take any risks. ”

The Department of Health does not provide the number of people who tested positive in each facility, although Ehresmann reported that on Saturday, 13 of the deaths in Minnesota were associated with group care in nine different facilities.

Currently, of the 47 establishments with cases, 31 of them have only one case, seven have two and nine have more than two. Out of a total of 85 confirmed cases associated with consolidated care centers, 59 of them are resident cases.

Infection control experts are working with each facility to improve their infection prevention strategies, said Ehresmann. The Department of Health also helps provide facility staff with the appropriate personal protective equipment they need.

“We can get this for them once there is a case, but it is problematic,” said Ehresmann. “There are certainly staffing issues as we recommend the exclusion of staff, so this is a really difficult situation that we are working on with these facilities.”

MDH reported an additional COVID-19 case in Carlton County on Saturday, bringing the total to eight. The first seven are believed to be in Moose Lake Prison. The News Tribune does not yet know if the eighth case is also in prison, although a News Tribune article published on Friday based on a report by the Forum News Service said that 13 other detainees were suspected of having the virus.

Statewide, MDH reported 76 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state on Saturday, bringing the total to 865 and marking the biggest day-long jump to date.

The Ministry of Health also reports two other deaths, for a total of 24. The ages of those who died ranged from 58 to 100 years, with a median age of 86 years.

The most common form of infection is community transmission at 32%, followed by known exposure to COVID-19 at 22%.

Since most infections are caused by community transmission, MDH director of infectious diseases, Kris Ehresmann, said that this was reason to believe that the actual number of people with COVID-19 in the condition was much higher than what is reported by laboratory tests.

“This is why we are working so hard to encourage people to take social distance, to stay at home in Minnesota, all of these things are meant to slow the spread of disease so that our health system can prepare,” a said Ehresmann.

After President Donald Trump’s announcement on Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommend that Americans wear “non-medical cloth” masks in public, Ehresmann has made some clarifications, including for the sick, a mask is no excuse for them to leave isolation.

“Masks are really only secondary protection, a kind of belt and suspender approach,” said Ehresmann, adding that the main methods are always hand washing, covering coughs, taking social distances and stay at home in case of illness.

People who decide to wear a mask should also be careful about how to put on and take off the mask, and where they put it when they take it off.

“We mean over and over again, don’t buy or wear surgical masks or N95,” said Ehresmann. “These supplies are in need in health facilities and should be used to protect health care workers. “

On Saturday, 440 of those tested positive no longer needed to be isolated. Ninety-five people are hospitalized and 42 of them are in an intensive care unit. Those who were hospitalized were between 6 and 95 years of age. The median age is currently 64 years.

More than 25,000 tests have been performed at the state health department’s public health laboratory and in external laboratories.

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