COVID-19 claims life of St. Paul Elder Services resident

KAUKAUNA — St. Paul Elder Services, a skilled nursing, rehabilitation and senior living provider run by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity of Manitowoc, reported Oct. 17 that a resident passed away due to COVID-19.

The report was made on the nursing home’s Facebook page. It did not include the resident’s name.

The news followed an Oct. 14 Facebook announcement that 14 residents had tested positive.

“We are devastated to share that we have identified a new widespread outbreak of COVID-19 within St. Paul Home,” the post stated. “Last night, we received notice that one resident from one of our memory care neighborhoods had tested positive after developing symptoms. Throughout the day today, 14 residents on that same neighborhood developed symptoms and have now tested positive.”

All 14 residents who tested positive were moved to the COVID-19 isolation unit, according to St. Paul Elder Services.

In an Oct. 19 post on Facebook, the nursing home said its updated numbers showed 19 residents and 10 associates (employees) who tested positive for the virus.

St. Paul Elder Services has also submitted a Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR) request to the State of Wisconsin for emergency staffing assistance.

“We will continue to keep the community posted with developments,” the nursing home’s Facebook page added.

In a message to the community, St. Paul Elder Services implored the public to follow health regulations regarding the pandemic.

“Every long-term care facility and health care provider in our area right now is extremely staff-challenged due to surging case rates and staff illness or quarantine,” it said. “We call upon all of our friends and supporters again to join us in advocating for the protection of those we serve and employ. Our fellow Wisconsinites must hear and understand what long-term care residents, staff and family stakeholders are going through and that we cannot keep doing this alone. One hundred percent pandemic responsibility is no longer optional unless we resign ourselves to avoidable and tragic outcomes; we refuse to accept such a fate.”