COVID-19, officially called Coronavirus Disease 2019 

Who to Contact

If you have questions, comments or concerns about the COVID-19, please feel free to contact:

Jenna Neal – Director of Nursing

Sue Walker – Chief Program Officer 

John Estrem – Chief Executive Office

What is Hammer doing to ensure your loved one will be safe?


  • Training- online acknowledgement will be on Hammer’s online portal for all staff to read and verification they have read it
    • This will explain COVID-19
      • Transmission of
      • Symptoms of
      • Prevention of
      • Treatment of
      • Pandemic preparation
    • All homes will have posted information about COVID-19 focusing heavily on prevention methods.  
    • All programs will post in site specific communication books so that all staff know and understand these details about COVID-19 and will acknowledge completion of training.
Hammer's Preparedness Plan

Click on the link to download the PDF

Hammer and Living Well-COVID-19 Preparedness Plan -2-11-21

How Can I Help?
Dear Friend of Hammer,
Quite honestly, we need your financial support right now more than ever, to help our most vulnerable citizens, and keep them safe and well cared for.
As you are able, please, go online to
Designate your gift to Area of Greatest Need to put your dollars to work now.
Thank you in advance,
John Estrem, CEO
Overview: Coronavirus Disease 2019

By now you all have heard of the Coronavirus, officially called Coronavirus Disease 2019 (abbreviated COVID-19). In our digital society, news is at our fingertips through any format you choose, but it’s important to know that not all of the information out there about COVID-19 is completely accurate. At Hammer, we rely on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and MN Department of Human Services (DHS) to get our information and blueprints for our plans and preparations.

In order to be a unified community in our efforts to keep all of us safe and healthy, we would like to share some of the fact, signs and symptoms, and the predicted progression of COVID-19, as well as the steps Hammer is taking to ensure the safety of individuals and staff.


Important Facts About the Virus

The virus was originally transmitted from animal-to-person at the disease origin, but now transmission is occurring from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when a person coughs or sneezes.

Incubation (time virus sits dormant in your body, before symptoms arise): CDC is reporting the incubation period of 2-14 days

Patients have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illnesses with symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

Proper Hand-washing Procedures by Kris Miller

Hand washing (with soap and warm water for minimum 20 secs) Hand sanitizing

  • Hand-washing should occur before, between, and after:
    • Working with different people
    • Administering medications or treatments
    • Cooking or preparing food
    • Personal hygiene
    • Housekeeping work
    • Any other time when cross-contamination can occur
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay at home if you are sick
  • Change gloves every time after working with an individual that is showing symptoms of flu-like illness
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (preferred to sneezing/coughing into your elbow)
  • Clean often and well: use products as intended. Cleaning products often require a contact time of 2-5 minutes – this is what helps kill organisms that can cause illness. Follow the directions on your preferred cleaning products
  • Wear a mask when working with individuals that are ill
  • There is no specific treatment for COVID-19
  • Supportive care will be given to people to help relieve symptoms