Two more Northland assisted living care facilities show cases of COVID-19

Two more Northland assisted living care facilities show cases of COVID-19

Updated: August 08, 2020 09:07 AM

North Shore Estates LLC nursing home in Duluth and Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Proctor have been added to the Minnesota Department of Health's list of congregate care facilities with at least one case of COVID-19.


The Duluth News Tribune reports that both facilities had two employees test positive for COVID-19.

According to the newspaper, the last time the two employees worked at North Shore Estates was July 20 and 28,

North Shore Estates Administrator Justin Teal told the News Tribune that the nursing facility has done contact tracing and risk assessments on everyone that would have been exposed to the two employees and there is low exposure. The facility is not doing facility-wide testing.

The News Tribune reports all residents and employees were tested at Diamond Willow Assisted Living after two employees came back positive for COVID-19 and none of the tests came back positive.

According to the newspaper, the facility has passed its 14-day mark since the infected employees last worked without any new cases.

Diamond Willow CEO Natalie Zeleznikar told the News Tribune a third round of testing was being done Friday.

The Minnesota Department of Health removes facilities from its list of outbreaks after they have not reported a new exposure for a minimum of 28 days.

The state currently lists five facilities in St. Louis County with cases of COVID-19. The  others are the Benedictine Living Community of Duluth, Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center, and the Hummingbird.

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