State officials are pleading with Minnesotans to mask-up and social-distance as the continuing spike in COVID cases is again increasing risk for residents of long term care facilities. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says protections put in place earlier held down the number of deaths…

“But unfortunately even the strongest flood walls aren’t sufficient if the waters rise high enough.”

Nate Schema with the Good Samaritan Society says it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect the most vulnerable from COVID:

“We know that COVID fatigue is real, but now is not the time to let our guard down.”

Good Samaritan has 50 facilities all across Minnesota, and Schema says over 200 residents and staff are currently COVID-positive.