Three additional COVID-19 deaths reported at Crystal Heights Care Center

OSKALOOSA — Three more residents at Crystal Heights Care Center have died of complications caused by COVID-19, according to a statement released by the center.

As of June 1, 17 employees and 54 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Ten employee has recovered, and a total of nine residents have died of complications caused by the virus.

In the statement released June 1, 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 also 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.

Emily Hawk can be reached at 641-672-2581 or by email at ehawk@oskyherald.com.

Emily Hawk can be reached at 641-672-2581 or by email at ehawk@oskyherald.com.

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