St. Gertrude’s reports 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases

St. Gertrude's Health and Rehabilitation Center is at 1850 Sarazin St., Shakopee.
By Amanda McKnight

Seven patients and three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center at 1850 Sarazin St. in Shakopee.

St. Gertrude’s Executive Director John Padjen confirmed the positive cases in a message posted Monday to the care center’s website.

Along with the 10 confirmed cases, four additional residents are being monitored due to the onset of respiratory symptoms in recent days, according to Padjen.

St. Gertrude’s offers a variety of care services ranging from short-term rehabilitation to assisted living and long-term care. Padjen said the infected patients are recovering in isolation in their rooms, and their unit has dedicated caregivers.

St. Gertrude’s participated Monday in a campus-wide COVID-19 testing of all residents, patients, and staff members. The results will be available later this week.

“We are in very close communications with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps,” Padjen wrote in his public message. “All our associates are following the latest infection control protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our state and local health departments. We continue to monitor all our residents and associates for signs and symptoms of the virus.”

As of Tuesday morning at 6 a.m., St. Gertrude’s was not listed on the Minnesota Department of Health’s website as a care facility that had reported a confirmed COVID-19 exposure. There are two Scott County care facilities on the list of confirmed exposures: Emerald Crest Memory Care in Shakopee and McKenna Crossing Senior Living in Prior Lake.

Padjen said he anticipates the care center’s next case update will be on Wednesday, June 3.

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