Welcome to a new year with new hopes and dreams for a healthier year ahead. Our cases in the Tri-County area have continued to decline and we are seeing fewer cases in staff and residents within Good Shepherd.
Our first Moderna COVID vaccines were administered to nursing home residents and staff by CVS Pharmacy staff on January 3rd. Our second dose will be administered on January 31st and any additional staff, residents, and essential caregivers will be welcomed to receive their first vaccine, with their second dose 28 days later.
In our outreach settings we are working with Walgreen’s pharmacy to administer the Moderna Vaccine. The vaccine clinics will be starting on January 26th and completed by the end of the month, with the second doses being administered 28 days later.
*Please note: We are unable to disclose whether or not a staff member has received the COVID-19 vaccine. We are required to notify families about new positive cases and if there has been a high-risk exposure to your family member, which is what we have done and will continue to do. We continue to screen every person that enters our buildings, to do required COVID-19 testing, which at this time is bi-weekly, and continue to require proper PPE to be used.
It has been a while since we have given an update on our case counts, so we would like to take this opportunity to share our cumulative data as of 1/21/2021.
Nursing Home – 38 residents, 82 staff, and 14 resident deaths
Good Shepherd Cottages – 1 client, 8 staff, and 0 deaths
Good Shepherd Apartments and Assisted Living
Good Shepherd Apartments – 2 tenants, 2 clients, 10 staff, and 0 deaths
Shepherd Court Apartments – 6 tenants, 2 clients, 9 staff, and 2 deaths offsite
Shepherd Oak Apartments – 2 tenants, 1 client, 13 staff, and 0 deaths
Shepherd Oak West Apartments – 1 tenant, 1 client, 9 staff, and 0 deaths
Home Health Care – 0 clients, 3 staff, and 0 deaths
Shepherd of Grace – 2 tenants, 3 clients, 11 staff, and 1 client death
*Please note we have only had a total of 30 staff cases in our outreach entities for both campuses, the remaining cases include contract employees, and staff from other agencies. Due to reporting requirements and our staffing, we have had to report the same positive staff in multiple buildings.
On January 19th at 4:30 pm, we joined our fellow facilities across the nation in recognizing the people we have lost to COVID-19. They are gone, but will never be forgotten, and will always be loved. The losses caused by this virus have been profound and deeply felt by all. Residents, families, and staff are all working through the grief and loss as best we can.
On an uplifting note, we have started small group activities and are resuming congregate dining on the households at the nursing home. In our outreach settings, we are working toward resuming small group activities. We are all very excited to enjoy these small opportunities of freedom with proper safety precautions, with the caveat that as case numbers change in each entity, we will restrict and open areas accordingly.
Preparations are nearly complete on our indoor visitation areas across both campuses. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to start scheduling visits soon if our case counts continue to decline.
Thank you for your continued support through positive thoughts, prayers, and donations. We are extremely grateful for all.
To schedule video visits on the Sauk Rapids Campus:
Nursing Home – call Ashley at 320-258-0609
Apartment Tenants – call Robin at 320-259-3494
Assisted Living – call Nicky at 320-259-3465
Memory Cottages – call Niki at 320-258-8665
To schedule visits on the Becker Campus
Call Andrea at 763-450-6675
How Can You Help?
In the wake of COVID-19, your contribution to the Good Shepherd Foundation Response Fund will aid in our efforts on every front to meet our community’s “Greatest Needs.” Below are ways you may immediately make a difference!
Suggested unused personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gowns, gloves, eye protection, and general supplies including thermometers, alcohol swabs, disinfectant wipes, Lysol spray, and elastic for sewing face masks.
All Donation of Supplies need to be made by appointment, please call Cheryl at our Foundation office at 320-259-3491 to schedule a time.
Help financially support our needs to purchase items used to protect, care for, and honor our residents, care teams, and staff during this time.
Want to Donate by Phone: Please call the Foundation Office at 320-259-3491
Want to Donate by Mail: Please mail checks payable to Good Shepherd Foundation Good ShepherdCommunity
1115 4th Ave N.
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379