DULUTH, MN-- "Dear Family and Friends of Saint Ann’s, Please be aware our building is on full quarantine."
That message posted Saturday from officials at an assisted living facility in Duluth where one resident has tested positive for COVID-19.
A resident at Saint Ann's Resident's for Senior Citizens had an unexpected outcome while visiting a doctor Friday.
"The resident that went to the hospital for unrelated reasons to COVID-19, while at the hospital that person tested positive," said Scott Johnson, Executive Director of Saint Ann's.
140-senior citizens live at the center. Any one of them, their visitors, or staff could have been exposed.
Johnson said, "How it got here we don't know but the fact is that someone did have it while in this building so you have to treat the building like it's contaminated."
Now, the facility is under quarantine to protect the vulnerable population from the spread of the virus. Johnson said, "The only people entering and leaving are staff and primary vendors food and linens and that sort of thing."
Employees working closely with the Essentia Infectious Control Team to access necessary supplies.
Johnson lists off, "Better personal protective equipment, face masks, better face shield, and gowns as needed."
All staff and residents now being asked to wear a face mask and go through a screening process. "This is a vulnerable population so for us it doesn't matter if it's the normal flu season or an event like this."
Employees strongly encouraging all residents to follow the "stay at home" order to keep themselves and their neighbors safe.
"We are doing everything we can to work with the infection control team to make sure that everyone is healthy and well and that they have what they need during this quarantine."
Johnson said residents are still able to get all necessary medications and meals.
At this time we don't know the condition or age of the resident who tested positive.
So far, we have not heard of any other possible cases in the facility.