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Coronavirus Statement

Update 12-22-20:

In recent community wide COVID-19 testing two Thorne Crest staff members tested positive for the virus.

These staff member will not return to campus for at least 10 days. We continue to stayin very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps to minimize the spread of COVID-19, including tray service for meals and cancelled group activities.


Due to a decline in COVID positive cases in Freeborn County (below 10%), we will reduce testing to once a week. Please note: Only Independent Living Residents with home health services provided by Thorne Crest will continue to be tested in-house.

 Independent living residents are encouraged to keep essential medical appointments and are not required to quarantine after medical appointments. Independent living residents who choose to leave the building, for purposes other than medical appointments, are encouraged but not required to self-quarantine for 14 days


To minimize the spread of COVID we prefer residents connect with family members utilizing video chat, calling, texting, or other social media formats.  However, we also understand that connecting with family members is important. Effective Monday, 12/7/20 we began allowing essential caregiver visits in independent living. Please contact Marilyn at 507.369.6905 to schedule a visit.


We will continue to provide you with updates as they become available. Please know that we are strictly adhering to all directions from the state health department. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact Shari McNamara the administrator at Thorne Crest at 507-369-6900.


Shari McNamara,


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