For the first time in four months, families will be allowed to visit their loved ones inside senior care homes, as Minnesota health authorities cautiously lift lockdown restrictions meant to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus among vulnerable older adults.
In a video released Sunday, Sen. Scott Jensen, R-Chaska, said the state Medical Practice Board is focused on two allegations: spreading misinformation about the death toll and providing "reckless advice" by comparing COVID-19 with the flu.
Dozens of centers have been forced to close temporarily since March, and after months of layoffs and furloughs, there are growing fears that this often-overlooked piece of the social safety net may collapse.
The death toll at the facility — the site of the state's deadliest outbreak since the pandemic began — has more than quadrupled in the past two weeks. State health officials identified multiple lapses of infection-control standards.
Catholic Eldercare reported the outbreak in a letter to family members and said it had begun to isolate residents infected with COVID-19 in a designated section of its 174-bed nursing home at 817 Main Street NE.