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UPDATE: Coronavirus outbreak confirmed at Heritage Specialty Care in Cedar Rapids

UPDATE: Pat Garrett, Communications Director for Governor Kim Reynolds confirmed an outbreak of at least 21 positive COVID-19 cases at Heritage Specialty Care in Cedar Rapids.

The announcement comes after two employees and four residents at the facility tested positive last week. Details on the exact conditions of those who have tested positive are not available at this time.

Staff at the facility have been communicating with the Iowa Department of Public Health about the positive tests and are following their recommendations.

Residents are being screened two times per day for fever and respiratory illness. For more than two weeks, employees have been screened for fever and respiratory illness upon entering the building and no visitors have been allowed.

Communal dining and activities were also suspended last week. Staff, residents and family members are being notified by Heritage administration of the positive cases. Family members of residents are asked to call 319-396-7171 with any questions.

ORIGINAL STORY: (AP) - Gov. Kim Reynolds confirmed Monday an outbreak of the coronavirus at an eastern Iowa long-term care facility where 21 people have been infected.

Reynolds said at a news conference that the outbreak at the Cedar Rapids facility has contributed to a recent surge of infections in Linn County.

Reynolds did not identify the facility or clarify whether the 21 infections included only residents or staff as well.

She said that state and local public health officials were working with the facility to monitor at-risk residents and ensure that employees are screened for symptoms before their shifts.

Associated Press

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