Crystal Heights

OSKALOOSA — Confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease at the Crystal Heights Care Center have surpassed 20, local officials said Tuesday.

In a press release, management at the care center confirmed there are now 22 cases of COVID-19 connected to the facility. Of those, 19 are residents and 4 are employees.

The Oskaloosa Herald first reported the outbreak on Monday, when the care center’s administrator confirmed 11 cases of the disease.

According to the press release, all residents that have tested positive for the virus will remain in isolation for at least 14 days, as they are following infection control guidelines from the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

To mitigate any further spread of the illness, the care center said they have will continue to screen employees at the beginning and end of their shifts for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. They are also still monitoring the residents as well.

“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,” they said.

Management at the facility said they are working with local and state health officials at this time to ensure that they are responding appropriately.

“While this pandemic is the most substantial challenge Crystal Heights Care Center has experienced, our team has come together and responded in a heroic fashion using both competency and diligence,” the said in the release. “The safety and well-being of our residents is, and always has been, a priority at Crystal Heights Care Center.”

All residents, their families, and staff at Crystal Heights have been notified of the outbreak.

News and Crime Reporter Tiffany McDaniel can be reached at 641-660-9659 or on Twitter @tmcdaniel_osky.

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