Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Proctor and North Shore Estates LLC nursing home in Duluth have been added to the state of Minnesota's list of congregate care facilities with at least one affiliated COVID-19 case.
Both facilities have had two employees test positive for COVID-19.
The last time the two employees worked at North Shore Estates, located on Grand Avenue, was July 20 and 28, Administrator Justin Teal said. The skilled-nursing facility has done contact tracing and risk assessments on everyone that would have been exposed to the two employees.
"We feel good about it," Teal said. "Everything's come back low-exposure."
Both employees stopped reporting to work as soon as they experienced symptoms, he said. The facility is not undergoing facilitywide testing.
After two employees tested positive for COVID-19 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Proctor, all residents and employees were tested and none of the tests came back positive, Diamond Willow CEO Natalie Zeleznikar said.
"We have five separate houses and our houses are small houses, so it's easily controlled in that sense," Zeleznikar said. "We have temperature systems and screening systems for our employees. We check residents twice a day for their temperature and oxygen levels."
The facility has passed its 14-day mark since the infected employees last worked without any new cases.
The residents and employees at the facility were receiving their second of three rounds of testing Friday.
The Minnesota Department of Health will remove the 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 and three of them are in Duluth.