Residents of a assisted-living facility in Wayzata have been relocated due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among staff and residents.
The outbreak at Meridian Manor, a 50-bed senior home located at 163 Wayzata Blvd., has seen more than 40 residents moved to other facilities, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed in a statement to BMTN.
"The primary reason for the move was to ensure patient safety and care because a majority of staff and administration are ill and unable to care for residents," a spokesman said.
At least five residents were taken to a nearby hospital for an appropriate level of care, while others relocated with family or to long-term care facilities in the area.
Wayzata.com obtained a letter sent to family members by Meridian Manor that says the five residents taken to the hospital all tested positive for COVID-19. The letter says one resident passed away from complications of the virus on Friday.
The Star Tribune reports that 18 residents of Meridian Manor have tested positive so far.
State health officials have said that COVID-19 can rapidly spread in congregate care settings such as nursing homes, group homes, and long-term or assisted-living facilities. Of the 2,213 confirmed cases in Minnesota, approximately 26 percent of patients had exposure to the virus from staff or residents in congregate settings.
Kris Ehresmann, director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control Division at the Minnesota Department of Health, said Tuesday that they are in the process of doing an in-depth, Minnesota-specific evaluation of COVID-19 deaths.
What they had learned as of Tuesday was that 57 of the then 79 confirmed COVID-19 deaths were individuals associated with long-term care. There are now 121 deaths from the virus in Minnesota, with the median age of victims being 84. Eighty-seven of the 121 deaths were residents of congregate settings.
"Our deaths [are] in older people with underlying health conditions who are in long-term care settings," said Ehresmann, speaking in generalized terms on Tuesday.