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Dear Sholom residents, tenants, staff and families,

In keeping with our commitment to transparency, I wanted to provide an update regarding Sholom’s position in the fight against COVID-19. 

As of today, our Shaller Family Sholom East Campus in St. Paul has eight resident and one staff confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 at Chapman Sholom Home East.  Weinberg Apartments, Bentson Assisted Living and Phillips Center for Memory Care have no cases at this time.

At the Ackerberg Family Sholom West Campus in St. Louis Park, at Sholom Home West, there have been seven resident and four staff positive cases with five deaths due to COVID-19.  Menorah Plaza has had one resident positive case and that resident has passed away.  At Roitenberg Assisted Living, there are two resident and two staff positives with one death.  At Roitenberg’s Hodroff Memory Care we have experienced 14 resident and 3 staff positives with 4 resident deaths.  Many of these positive cases at Roitenberg will be completing their required quarantine period very soon.  Knollwood Place Apartments and Menorah West have no cases at this time.

For the most up to date information, please refer to www.sholom.com and click on the link: Sholom’s COVID-19 numbers.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is leading the investigation to determine exposure risk for any residents or staff who may have had contact with any resident or staff that tests positive for COVID-19.   

We understand that this creates a lot of unease in our community.  As early as March 10, 2020, we began proactive measures. We continue these best practices in prevention through: ongoing visitor restrictions, proactive monitoring for any signs or symptoms, and require all staff and private duty caregivers in all buildings to wear masks and face shields to protect residents and themselves, masking residents/tenants as tolerated by the resident/tenant, ongoing reminders to tenants and residents to maintain appropriate social distancing; and daily monitoring and planning by executive and clinical staff for all residents/buildings with the support of updates by national, state and local medical professionals and organizations. We will continue to take all the necessary steps to keep residents and staff safe. 

There is no doubt that our early actions helped reduce the transmission of COVID-19, but we are now seeing what other countries and states have experienced—COVID-19 can be slowed, but it can’t yet be stopped.  We are working closely with MDH and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce the impact of this virus.  We are committed to putting all the resources we have to continue this critical, life-saving work and to be there for your loved ones in all the ways you need us to be.

Please note Governor Walz’s stay-at-home order expires May 18th.   However, it remains the recommendation of the CDC, MDH and the Governor’s office that at risk individuals, including all of Sholom’s seniors at our communities, remain in their place of residence until the Governor’s peace time emergency order is lifted.  All Sholom locations will continue to enforce visitor restrictions until the peace emergency order is rescinded and the CDC removes the no visitors guidance.   Remember, even if weather allows, please do not plan to visit your loved one outside as this does not comply with the governor’s recommendations.  Our staff is dedicated to keeping our residents and fellow staff members safe and healthy, Remember, our lives are in each other’s hands.   

If you have specific questions about the coronavirus related to your loved one, please contact your campus administrator.  We are dedicated to being responsive with transparency.

With warmest regard for your health, safety and well -being,


Barbara Klick, RN, MBA

Sholom CEO

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