March 30, 2020
Dear residents, family, and friends of Walker Methodist,
It is with sadness that I share with you that COVID-19 has been found inside the walls of the Walker Methodist Health Center (Minneapolis). A resident was given a COVID-19 test that has come back positive. The resident is stable and has been in isolation, and all other residents and employees continue to undergo daily monitoring for symptoms of cough, fever, and respiratory distress.
For several weeks, we have been preparing our communities and our team members for this. We are prepared, and we are ready for the fight that is ahead of us.
Please be assured that the health and wellbeing of our residents and team members is and has always been our primary concern. Walker Methodist has met, and in some ways even exceeded, the recommendations and guidelines we received from the CDC and Department of Health for several weeks. We remain confident in the infection control procedures of our team members, and we have equipped them with the proper precautions to care for individuals with COVID-19.
We ask that the privacy of the resident and family be honored during this time so that they can focus on healing, and so that staff can focus on delivering excellent care. In like manner, Walker Methodist will work to maintain their confidentiality by not disclosing additional details surrounding the case, following the recommendations of the Department of Health.
Our prayers are with the resident and family during this time. We also pray for all those who live and work in this community, that all the safety measures in place will be effective in stopping the virus from spreading. I am tremendously proud of the courage our team members are displaying as they face down this adversary. We remember that even though this virus is powerful, we serve a God who is far more powerful.
I find comfort in the words found in Psalm 46, which says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear.”
Thank you for your continued support of Walker Methodist. Together, we will overcome.
President and CEO, Walker Methodist