COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Community Information

November 11, 2020

As of today, the fight against Covid-19 continues to be fought by everyone here at Auburn Homes & Services. The fight against Covid-19 is truly a battle in which we – the residents, families, and staff – have come together as a community to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all is achieved. As a part of this battle, Auburn Homes & Services is continually striving to be open and transparent. We will continue to update the website by facility as soon as we can, with the most up-to-date information we have available.

While providing this information to the community, we are bound by federal guidelines under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect the privacy and safety of residents and staff.

We continue to follow the recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to protect our residents and staff from Covid-19. These recommendations and guidelines help Auburn Homes & Services fight against Covid-19 and provide compassionate care with integrity.

On behalf of the residents and staff, we would like to thank you for your prayers, concern, and support of our Communities; it truly means a lot to everyone.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rick Krant at call 952-361-0340 for skilled nursing questions and Alicia Hilk at call 952-361-0307 for assisted living questions.

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

Mike Senden
CEO, Auburn Homes & Services

Auburn Homes & Services COVID-19 Numbers

Please note: It remains the recommendation of the CDC, MDH and the Governor’s office that at risk individuals, including all of Auburn’s residents at our two campuses, remain in their place of residence until the Governor’s peace time emergency order is lifted. All Auburn Homes & Services locations will continue to enforce visitor restrictions until the peace time emergency order is rescinded and the CDC, MDH and CMS remove the no visitors guidance. Remember, even if weather allows, all of us here at Auburn Homes & Services recommend and encourage you not to take your loved ones out of our buildings unless it is medically necessary as this does not comply with the governor’s recommendations. By taking them out, it puts your loved ones and our other residents and staff at a higher risk of contracting the virus. Our staff is dedicated to keeping our residents and fellow staff members safe and healthy; we need to work together to keep the virus out of our facilities.

January 14, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Health provides a list of all congregate care facilities that have had an exposure to COVID, with cumulative totals for the number of cases in staff and residents, and the number of deaths in residents, since March 2020. This data is updated weekly. Auburn Homes & Services will no longer update this webpage with our current status, as MDH’s data is thorough, current and accurate.

To view our buildings, as well as the state’s facilities, that have been exposed to Covid, download MDH’s CSV file:

Long term Care Facilities with Confirmed Cases (CSV)

We also recommend subscribing to MDH’s Situation Update page to receive email or mobile alerts when this data is updated, as well as for other periodic COVID-19 updates:

Subscribe to MDH’s Situation Update page

More information can be found on MDH’s Situation Update for Covid 19 page

If you have any questions or problems on accessing this information, please contact Michelle Yelich, Marketing and Community Outreach Director, at call 952-361-5076.

Auburn Homes & Services continues best practices in prevention through:

  • Ongoing visitor restrictions
  • Proactive monitoring for any signs or symptoms of all staff and residents
  • If any resident or staff exhibits any symptom such as an elevated temperature, cough, sore throat or other symptoms consistent with the virus, they will be instructed to self-quarantine at home and contact their primary care provider.
  • Requiring all staff and private duty caregivers in all buildings to wear masks and protective eyewear to protect residents and themselves
  • Masking residents as tolerated by the resident, ongoing reminders to residents to maintain appropriate social distancing
  • Deep cleaning of any affected areas
  • Thorough sanitization of high traffic/touch areas
  • Auburn Homes & Services leadership continues to meet daily to assess the situation and provide the best possible care and protection using evidence-based practices. Regular updates and information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the MDH help to guide AHS’s direction and practices. We will continue to take all the necessary steps to keep residents and staff safe.
  • Auburn Homes & Services residents that are in our care are being carefully observed by staff for any signs of illness, including coughing, shortness of breath, or elevated temperatures. Residents who exhibit any of these symptoms are carefully screened and will receive additional follow up as necessary. This ongoing monitoring will continue until further notice.


Q. What is Auburn Homes & Services (AHS) coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol?
A. AHS practices procedures to prevent and limit the spread of infectious diseases on our two campuses in Chaska and Waconia. Every AHS staff member is trained on these procedures and our employees have successfully demonstrated infection control practices.

To specifically address COVID-19: Our team is regularly reviewing information from the CDC, MDH and CMS, and working with the local health department.

  • AHS staff are educated on the symptoms of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.
  • All residents and staff reporting symptoms of COVID-19 are immediately put on isolation precautions pending the results of testing and until cleared by medical professionals.
  • In addition to maintaining standard practices for good hygiene and infection control, AHS communities have been and continue to increase disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Residents are encouraged to practice social distancing and remain in their apartments when possible.
  • Care staff are monitoring the health of residents in our care.
  • Educational material has been provided to residents and staff regarding important infection control measures.
  • Hand washing stations and/or sanitizer dispensers are at all AHS entrances and throughout the buildings.
  • All employees are being screened before entering the building (temperature check and completing a symptom checklist) and are wearing face masks and eye protection.
  • AHS continues to communicate reliable and verified information to staff, residents, families, and the public through our website, email and/or print notifications.

Q. Are you testing all residents and employees in MN?
A. The Governor and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have shared their new 5-point plan for protecting long-term care residents and workers, including increased testing. We are awaiting rollout and timeline details and will share updates when they are made available.

Q. Can I visit the community?
A. We are following guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to restrict all visitors, volunteers and vendors to only essential visits, such as end-of-life or required care and services. Such visits will be limited to minimize potential exposure.

Q. Are you accepting new residents?
A. At this time, we are allowing critical assisted living and memory care move-ins with guidelines and move-in procedures in place to ensure the health and safety of our communities. We continue to accept new admissions in transitional care and long term care with appropriate health screening, following the lead of the CDC. All new residents are being put on self-isolation precautions to ensure they are free of symptoms.

Q. Can I take a tour of a community?
A. We are not offering in-person tours at this time. As an alternative, we encourage you to contact our housing managers or social services directors for more information. Please call 952-448-9303 and we will direct your call.

Q. Will I be notified if there is an outbreak at an AHS community?
A. In the event of a positive COVID-19 test result, we will notify residents, staff, and family contacts.

Q. How is Auburn handling the supply and staffing needs?
A. Our AHS leadership team meets routinely to closely monitor our supply and staffing needs; we continue to work with our vendors and the local and state health department to obtain necessary supplies and ensure adequate staffing needs are met.

Q. What can I do to help?
A. You can be helpful in the following ways:

  • Stay healthy and prevent spreading germs by following recommended actions: wash hands frequently; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of all used tissues; avoid contact with people who are ill.
  • Stay in touch with your loved one by phone, text, email, Zoom or other forms of communication that do not require physical proximity.
  • Donations of hand sanitizer, handmade cloth facemasks and other items are welcome; please visit our Amazon Wish List for more ideas.
  • Please keep AHS residents and staff in your thoughts and prayers.

Q. Where can I find more information about COVID-19?
A. There are many resources available:

For mental health concerns, please call 911 or the Carver County Mental Health Crisis Program at 952-442-7601, 24 hours, 7 days a week, or during business hours to reach the Carver County Mental Health Crisis Program call 952-442-4437. Another option is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

We hope this information is helpful and gives you a better understanding of why we have implemented a restriction on visitors. Our residents’ health and safety is our top priority and we are taking precautions to protect our residents and staff.

Please contact Michelle Yelich, Marketing and Community Outreach Manager, at call 952-361-5076 with any general questions or Rick Krant at call 952-361-0340 for skilled nursing home questions and Alicia Hilk at call 952-361-0307 for assisted living questions.