OSKALOOSA — Crystal Heights Care Center said Wednesday three additional residents have died due to COVID-19. A total of nine residents have now died from the virus.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 16 employees and 49 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. One employee has recovered.
In the statement released Wednesday, the center said all residents who have tested positive for the virus will remain in isolation for at least 14 days, as they continue to follow infection control guidelines from the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The center will continue to screen staff at the beginning and end of each shift, and negative residents and staff will be re-tested regularly.
“We are also doing everything we can to ensure we stop the spread of this within our facility and have activated our emergency response procedures,” reads the statement. “We continue to follow CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health infection control guidelines and remain in contact with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps. We would like to thank you for your continued support as we go through this difficult time.”
The Oskaloosa Herald first reported the outbreak on May 18, when the care center’s administrator confirmed 11 cases of the disease.