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An Update from President and CEO Barb Rode

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Providing our community members with an update about Saint Therese’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions.

As you may have heard, President Trump has declared a national emergency because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This development triggers heightened infection control practices and protocols as recommended by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At Saint Therese, we are diligently working to safeguard our residents’ well-being.

Effective immediately, Saint Therese communities will restrict all visitation as mandated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Based-on federal guidance, no visitor will be permitted except for certain compassionate care situations (i.e., end-of-life).

CEO and President Barb Rode headshot in black and white jacket in front of multi-colored stained glass window.
Saint Therese’s
CEO and President Barb Rode

On behalf of all of us at Saint Therese, I apologize for any inconvenience caused. The spread of this virus is concerning — older adults are some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19. So, I truly believe these restrictions are in the very best interest of our residents.

We understand maintaining communication with loved ones is incredibly important. I strongly encourage you all to remain connected by phone, mail, video chat, email or social media in the meantime. And, please, let our team know if you need help. We’re here for you.

We continue to focus on infection control with our residents and employees. Our team is trained in symptoms of COVID-19 and CDC-recommended infection prevention techniques. Every employee has also been given clear protocols for staying home if they are ill or symptomatic.

While we continue to monitor developments from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Saint Therese is in partnership with local and state public health and emergency preparedness officials. Our goal is to continue preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities as well as strengthen our preparation for and response to any potential outbreak.

We’ll continue to keep you informed as this situation progresses. Please return to our blog for our latest updates and contact our community executive directors or housing directors with any questions or concerns. Thank you for supporting our residents and caregivers.

Blessings always,

Barb Rode
President and CEO