Ecumen Detroit Lakes has felt the impact of the surging COVID-19 cases in the community: It now has 25 team members who are out either due to a COVID-19-positive test result or potential exposure, according to Ecumen Communications Director Angie Andresen.

Fifteen Ecumen Detroit Lakes residents have tested positive and are being cared for using all appropriate COVID precautions and personal protective equipment, she said.

“To help maintain high quality of care for our residents, last week Ecumen Detroit Lakes welcomed 19 Minnesota National Guard members, who are trained and are assisting our dedicated staff in our skilled nursing area for the next couple weeks,” Andresen said in an email to the Tribune. “We’re so grateful for the support from our fellow Minnesotans during this time.”

Ecumen’s ongoing measures to reduce transmission of the virus include wearing all appropriate personal protective equipment, restricting visitors, and focusing on infection control.

“We also urge all members of our community to help slow the spread of this virus by taking appropriate precautions and refraining from gathering with extended groups over the holidays,” Andresen said.

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As of Monday, six congregate care facilities in Becker County are on the state list for a COVID-19 exposure: Lincoln Park assisted living in Detroit Lakes, Pelican Landing in Detroit Lakes, Frazee Care Center, Sunnyside Care Center near Lake Park, the nursing home at Ecumen Detroit Lakes, and Essentia Health Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Becker County Public Health reported Monday that there were 338 active COVID-19 cases in the county. There have been 1,763 positive cases in Becker County since the pandemic started, and nine deaths. Neighboring Clay and Otter Tail counties are COVID-19 hot spots in the state.