Notifications
 

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February 10, 2021
COVID-19 Update

AAH staff were tested on February 8, 2021 and all staff tested negative.

 

All front line staff continue to do rapid testing at each shift to identify any potential positive cases prior to starting shift.

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January 24, 2021
COVID-19 Update

All residents, tenants and staff were tested on January 22, 2021 and all staff tested negative. All residents tested negative. All tenants tested negative. 

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January 13, 2021
COVID-19 Update

Due to a staff member testing positive, AAH increased testing frequency to twice weekly. All residents and tenants continue to test negative.

 

All front line staff continue to do rapid testing at each shift to identify any potential positive cases prior to starting shift.

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January 8, 2021
COVID-19 Update

All residents, tenants and staff were tested on January 5, 2021 and all staff tested negative. All residents tested negative. All tenants tested negative. 

 

All front line staff continue to do rapid testing at each shift to identify any potential positive cases prior to starting shift.

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December 31, 2020
COVID-19 Update

All residents, tenants and staff were tested on December 28, 2020 and all staff tested negative. All residents tested negative. All tenants tested negative. 

 

Rapid testing continues to be done in conjunction with our regular testing schedule of twice per week to identify any potential positives quickly. All front line staff continue to do rapid testing at each shift to identify any potential positive cases prior to starting shift.

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December 24, 2020
COVID-19 Update

All residents, tenants and staff were tested on December 21, 2020 and all staff tested negative. All tenants tested negative. One resident tested positive.

 

Rapid testing continues to be done in conjunction with our regular testing schedule of twice per week to identify any potential positives quickly. All front line staff continue to do rapid testing at each shift to identify any potential positive cases prior to starting shift.

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December 17, 2020
COVID-19 Update

All residents, tenants and staff were tested on December 15, 2020 and all tested negative.

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December 8, 2020
COVID-19 Update

All residents, tenants and staff were tested on December 7, 2020 and all tested negative.

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December 5, 2020
COVID-19 Update

All residents, tenants and staff were tested on Friday, December 4, 2020 and all tested negative.

Rapid tests (these tests are supplied to us from the state for Long Term Care) for front line staff in Care Center were completed this weekend (23 total) to take extra measures to identify any possible positive cases. The staff did not have symptoms, testing was done to try and catch asymptomatic positive staff. All staff tested with rapid tests this weekend have tested negative.

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December 1, 2020
COVID-19 Update

We have had no residents or tenants test positive today. We have had no staff test positive today. One employee was quarantined yesterday due to exposure in the community and we currently havee 5 staff out on quarantine or positive from community exposure.

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November 21, 2020
COVID-19 Update

Residents, tenants, and staff were tested on Thursday, November 19, 2020. All but one resident tested negative. All Apple Ridge tenants have tested negative. No staff developed symptoms and tested positive. ​

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November 12, 2020
COVID-19 Update

No positive residents or tenants were identified today. One staff tested positive. Preliminary tracing identified that this was from community transmission.

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November 6, 2020
COVID-19 Update

Today two residents tested positive for a total of five. One tenant tested positive for a total of 10. Three staff tested positive. Two of the three were already on quarantine so there is no risk to anyone internally from those two staff.

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October 29, 2020
Virtual Care Encouraged

Your safety and well-being are our top priority!  Due to an increased number of positive COVID-19 cases within our facility and community, we are encouraging patients to utilize Virtual Care (telehealth) visits to help prevent the spread of infection.


When virtual care is not an option, or in case of emergency, we are available and will continue to see anyone needing care.


Please call 320.289.1580 with any questions or concerns you may have or to schedule an appointment.  We will reevaluate this decision and update you on November 4th, 2020.
Thank you for your cooperation, understanding, and patience!

 

Further updates regarding this exposure will be provided through Appleton Area Health’s Public Information Officer as needed.

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October 28, 2020
COVID-19 Identified at AAH

Appleton Area Health has confirmed one positive case of COVID-19 in our Care Center, one positive case at Apple Ridge, and six positive non-direct care staff. Appleton Area Health leadership and staff are working collaboratively with and strictly following the recommended guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

 

Appleton Area Health is committed to providing the best possible care while protecting the health and well-being of our patients, residents, tenants, and staff. We have aggressive and proactive infection control measures as well as screening procedures in place which we believe will help us manage these cases as effectively as possible. Our dedicated caregivers are working tirelessly to provide exceptional care and compassionate support while preventing serious illnesses. We are taking all necessary measures to protect all who seek care, live, and work here.

 

Further updates regarding this exposure will be provided through Appleton Area Health’s Public Information Officer as needed.

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September 30, 2020
Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis Identified at AAH

Appleton Area Health has identified a positive case of COVID-19 in one staff member. We are working collaboratively with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and strictly following the recommended guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

 

We will provide further updates regarding this very limited exposure as needed. Thank you for your understanding and support through this pandemic.

 

Further updates will be provided through Appleton Area Health’s Public Information Officer. News media inquiries should be directed to Angel Molden by emailing amolden@aah-mn.org.

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May 4, 2020
Tri-County COVID Medical Center Not Selected as Alternative Care Site

The leaders from the five health care organizations partnering to develop the Tri-County COVID Medical Center (TCMC) were notified that TCMC was not selected as the MN Southwest Region Community Alternative Care Site (ACS). The State determined that the Community ACS’s should be used as overflow sites, utilizing surge capacity of both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients within the hospitals until they reach maximum occupancy.

 

Appleton Area Health (Appleton, MN), CCM Health (Montevideo, MN), Johnson Memorial Health Services (Dawson, MN), Madison Healthcare Services (Madison, MN), and Swift County Benson Health Services (Benson, MN) have done amazing work in collaborating on this project while preparing each of their respective facilities internally for a potential surge of COVID-19 affected patients. These health care organizations will continue to provide exceptional care for their patients, who remain their top priority through this pandemic. Due to the TCMC site not being selected as an alternative care site, the previously approved respective county funds for the project will not be utilized.

 

In preparing for COVID-19, the independent health care organizations identified that along with CoreCivic, as well as state, county and city resources, they have a strong network focused on emergency preparedness. Due to the work that has been completed, TCMC remains an additional resource for the region, if the need arises.

 

Further updates regarding TCMC will be provided through Appleton Area Health’s Public Information Officer. News media inquiries should be directed to Angel Molden by emailing amolden@aah-mn.org.

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March 27, 2020
Tri-County COVID Medical Center Stands Ready

The Tri-County COVID Medical Center (TCMC) stands ready should there be a high volume of COVID-19 patients needing hospitalization in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Swift counties. TCMC, which was scheduled to open March 30, 2020, was notified by the State Health Care Coordination Center that it will need to postpone its opening until there is a determination that the facility has been selected by the MN Department of Health as the MN Southwest region’s Alternative Care Site.

 

Appleton Area Health (Appleton, MN), CCM Health (Montevideo, MN), Johnson Memorial Health Services (Dawson, MN), Madison Healthcare Services (Madison, MN), and Swift County Benson Health Services (Benson, MN) have done amazing work in preparing TCMC for the emerging COVID-19 outbreak. This work will be invaluable to the region and state as they prepare to manage this unprecedented event in our country’s history.

 

The five independent health care organizations collaborating on this project will continue to provide exceptional care for their patients, who remain their top priority through this pandemic.

 

Further updates regarding TCMC will be provided through Appleton Area Health’s Public Information Officer. News media inquiries should be directed to Angel Molden by emailing amolden@aah-mn.org.

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March 21, 2020
Local Healthcare Organizations Combine Forces to Set-up a Tri-County COVID Medical Center
Five health care organizations in western Minnesota are taking a proactive stance in preparation of the number of COVID-19 cases that could occur in the communities they serve. Appleton Area Health (Appleton, MN), CCM Health (Montevideo, MN), Johnson Memorial Health Services (Dawson, MN), Madison Healthcare Services (Madison, MN), and Swift County Benson Hospital (Benson, MN) are working together to create a critical care facility for patients in and near Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, and Swift counties who have confirmation of COVID-19 virus.
The Tri-County COVID Medical Center (TCMC) will operate out of and utilize the space in the vacant Prairie Correctional Facility, which is owned by CoreCivic and located in Appleton, Minnesota, should there be a high volume of COVID-19 cases in the region. The facility is being provided to TCMC at no cost – meaning no financial benefit to CoreCivic. The facility will be staffed and managed by health care professionals, and CoreCivic will devote a small staff to maintain the building.
Commenting on the company's role, CoreCivic CEO Damon Hininger stated “This is an extraordinary time in the history of our country when the public and private sectors need to work together to find innovative ways to solve the most urgent problems we face. We see our role as supporting our government partners and the communities we serve in any way we can.”
Leadership from the area health care organizations felt the correctional facility was the best fit in the tri-county area to start this endeavor. It has robust medical and sanitation facilities, its design allows us to triage patients, and it is turnkey.
Teams from each health care organization have already begun planning and meeting at the proposed location. If all support and resources come together, the TCMC is projected to open March 30, 2020.
 
At present, there are no confirmed cased of COVID-19 in the tri-county region. Since the COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation, the five independent health care organizations will continue taking steps to help control the spread of this virus while caring for those who may become affected.
Information updates are currently being provided through Appleton Area Health’s Public Information Officer.  At present all information will be shared on the Appleton Area Health website at: www.appletonareahealth.com and on the Appleton Area Health Facebook page @appletonareahealth 
News media inquiries may be directed to Angel Molden, Marketing Director/Public Information Officer.