Lakewood Manor confirms first COVID-19 case

Lakewood Manor Assisted Living in Staples received confirmation Friday, April 10, that an individual at the facility tested positive for COVID-19.

While laws protecting tenant privacy and information limit what can be disclosed, Lakewood can share the tenant is recovering in their apartment and is being monitored by Lakewood staff and providers.

Visitors to Lakewood’s assisted living facilities have been limited for several weeks, per Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control guidance. Lakewood has also been screening all visitors and staff upon entrance and screening all tenants daily to monitor for any symptoms.

Tenants have the right to leave the buildings but are encouraged to shelter in place in the confines of their apartments, only leaving for necessary needs. The restrictions for assisted living tenants are not as strict as those for residents in long-term care facilities.

“The protection and safety of our tenants, patients and staff is always our top priority,” Kathy Dobson, vice president of senior services said in a news release. “We have these precautions in place to limit exposure, and we encourage everyone to continue following the guidelines for social distancing and staying home whenever possible.”


Lakewood continues to work closely with the MDH and the CDC to coordinate testing and monitoring. The facility is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and well-being of all, including continuing to restrict visitors and screen everyone entering facilities, mandated masking for employees and those with symptoms, and canceling all group activities.

As a reminder, a free virtual visit is available through Lakewood Health System for anyone who has COVID-19 symptom concerns. Visit the Click Care site at .

Additional COVID-19 related information can be found at .

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Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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