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COVID-19 Update

July 20, 2020

With COVID-19 mitigation guidelines for the state of Minnesota changing, we wanted to provide an update on the practices that we are implementing at LBSA.

We are committed to the health and safety of our clients, employees, and community. Because we provide long-term care to extremely vulnerable people, we will continue to develop and implement standards designed to address the unique challenges in long-term care settings. Our standards are based on information and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. We also consider changes in the number of cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, and particularly in Rice County. Therefore, our practices will be different from those recommended for the general public in our state.

We continue to require the following from our staff: personal hygiene including hand washing and use of hand sanitizer, social distancing, the wearing of masks, increased cleaning and disinfecting, and prompt identification and isolation of anyone with symptoms. Staff support clients to meet these standards to the extent possible. We do not allow anyone except on-duty staff and emergency personnel to enter Laura Baker households. Our clients do not go to community locations unless they need emergency or extremely time-sensitive medical care.

The Laura Baker Center (Main Building) will continue to have reduced hours and will only be available to essential visitors from Noon – 3:00 pm weekdays. Our main phone line will only be staffed live during these hours. For a listing of our staff phone numbers click here.

If you would like to read our full COVID-19 Preparedness Plan please click: COVID-19 Preparedness Plan 7 20 20

We will continue to update this situation on our website, and other means. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. In the meantime, we hope you are all staying well.

Respectfully,

Sandra Gerdes