COVID-19 Daily Email Update 5/28/2020


All –

I am saddened for our community here in Minneapolis; it’s been a really tough week and, I know from talking to many of you that your struggling as well.

However, last night I was reminded that there are many people lending their voices and standing up/speaking out about what’s happening; including organizations that have historically stayed silent – the university, communities of worship, local and state government.  This gives me hope and reminds me that there is still good in the world.

I am also thankful for all of you. I can’t imagine a kinder group – hundreds of people strong – to work alongside. Both in our daily caregiving and in our chance to write a small part of history. Yes, write history.

Sometimes we don’t realize “history” while it’s happening. But right now – both in our local community aching from tragedy and in our world churning through COVID-19, we all hold the chance to show people something different. Bravery. Strength. Compassion. Love.

The statistics around COVID-19 are shocking. Shockingly disproportionate how this virus affects those who are already disadvantaged in our societies. As of today in Minnesota, there have been 932 deaths from this virus. 759 of them people who resided in long-term or assisted congregate living facilities. That’s over 80%.

Our work protecting the health and safety of staff and clients through COVID-19 is far from over. However I am thankful to find a sustainable stride as we move into the next season together. And to show in history that we do not forget those who cannot care for themselves.

Let’s take care of each other.

Look for a new invitation to Monday & Wednesday Zoom Meetings
Beginning next week, we’re going to change to two Zoom Meetings each week, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am. All employees will get a new email invitation through Outlook. We’ll continue updates from different areas, Human Resources, Nursing, Recreation, Training and always questions or other topic suggestions are welcome.   We will also move to one email updated (Thursdays) which will highlight the topics of the calls on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. Our guardian communication will continue on Friday’s unless a change in Executive Order causes us to respond more quickly.

Staff Support & Training

Communication under Stress: Wednesday, June 3 from 3-3:30pm  – the timing for this couldn’t be better….

Today, Thursday: Meditation at 4 pm Decrease stress, lower blood pressure, and increase feelings of happiness. Join in via video or phone for a Zoom Guided Meditation. Again, the timing is impeccable.

Reserve an overnight getaway, generously donated by the Mount Olivet Retreat Center 

Don’t forget, if you would like to reserve 24 hours of serenity amidst 150 acres of nature, email Alexis Seiler,, by Monday, June 1 at 3pm. If more than 36 employees express interest, we will have a simple drawing for each date.

  1. Specify preferred date Thursday, June 11 or Thursday, June 25 or either date.
    2. One or two people in reservation, grown-ups only.
  2. Full names and contact information.

DETAILS: The Mount Olivet Retreat Center is in Farmington just south of the metro, 5 miles of grass & woodchip walking trails, picnic tables and a 10-minute drive from available take-out restaurants. Many retreat center amenities including the pool are closed due to COVID-19 but the Chapel building will be open.

    • (Check-in: 2pm Thursday; Check-out: 2pm Friday.)
  • Hotel-style rooms have private bathrooms. Wi-Fi; lockbox check-in and a caretaker on site.
    No fridges, coffee pots, T.V. and no pets.


  • Limited space and people to preserve safe social distancing.