Minnesota congregate care facilities are continuing to be hit hard by COVID-19. Kris Ehresman with the Minnesota Department of Health says 11 of the state’s 18 coronavirus deaths have come from long-term care facilities. Jan Malcom, director of the Department of Health, says 47 facilities statewide have had confirmed cases.
“36 facilities have one case, five have two cases and six have more than two cases,” said Malcom. “The largest number of cases in one facility is eight. There are 49 residents and 22 health care workers that have tested positive for COVID-19.”
Malcom says congregate-care facilities include skilled nursing care, assisted living, memory care, and group homes. Malcom any facility that has even one case is considered to have an outbreak triggering a coordinated state response.