New Hope long-term care facility confirms 47 residents have died from COVID-19 |

New Hope long-term care facility confirms 47 residents have died from COVID-19

New Hope long-term care facility confirms 47 residents have died from COVID-19 Photo: Google Earth.

Updated: April 30, 2020 11:48 AM
Created: April 30, 2020 10:44 AM

Long-term care facility St. Therese of New Hope confirmed 47 residents have died due to COVID-19. 

"This has been devastating to a community that prides itself on providing quality, loving care," the facility said in a statement. 

St. Therese of New Hope officials also said 100% of its residents have been tested for COVID-19, and results for the final 25 tests are expected in the next few days. 

The facility says 130 of its residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the facility began testing at the end of March. It is believed roughly one-third of the positive cases were asymptomatic. 

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While addressing the multiple deaths, St. Therese said in a statement: 

"To put the number in context, it’s necessary to know some background information. Whenever a resident’s condition changes, the resident’s team explores whether there is a desire to change the treatment options, including the common advance directive Do Not Resuscitate/Do Not Intubate (DNR/DNI). Even after learning that their loved one tested positive, most maintained their existing treatment plans while other adopted advance directives. That is in part why only a handful of our residents were hospitalized. Only one family asked to move their relative from the facility after hearing of a positive test."

As for the positive cases in the facility at the moment, St. Therese moved all virus-positive residents together into a unit to prevent infection of others and to conserve personal protective equipment for our staff. 

Sixty-five staff members have exhibited symptoms or have been exposed, including 50 caregivers. All were sent home on quarantine until they recovered and were cleared to return, per Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.  

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