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Cedar Rapids care facility with coronavirus outbreak responds

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - Management at Heritage Specialty Care in Cedar Rapids gave an update Tuesday on the long-term care facility's recent COVID-19 outbreak.

On Monday, Governor Reynolds' office confirmed at least 21 positive cases of COVID-19 had originated from the elderly care center.

"For our residents who have tested positive for Covid-19, they are isolated from the other residents and cared for in a segregated section of the building by a dedicated team of our care givers," a Tuesday afternoon statement reads.

"We are following all recommendations from the CDC, IDPH and Linn County Public Health," the statement continues.

The facility says its first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 came on March 24 and that it's banned visitors to protect residents since March 11.

Linn County rapidly overtook Johnson County last week for most COVID-19 cases in Iowa.

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Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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