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COVID-19: Two test positive at Cedar Falls nursing home

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) - Western Home Communities' Martin Suites nursing home confirmed that an employee and resident recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Chief Communications Officer Linda Bowman told KWWL that on Monday, September 14 they were notified of a resident that had tested positive for COVID-19. This resident had initially tested negative after completing an in house test at Martin Suites. A few days later, the resident was sent to UnityPoint Hospital for an unrelated reason, and after being tested there, the result came back positive.

The resident has returned to the nursing home and is still considered an active case. The symptoms are still present in the resident but are not severe.

The resident is said to be slowly recovering and will be cleared if and when they receive results that they are negative for COVID-19.

On September 13 an employee had also tested positive for the virus, but it is uncertain whether the two cases were related to contact between the two.

All 47 residents at Martin Suites have since been tested, all with negative results for COVID-19. One more round of testing will be done Monday, September 21 to ensure the safety of everyone in the nursing home.

Bowman explained that regular testing is done once a week at all of the Western Home Communities' nursing homes.

When a resident or employee tests positive for COVID-19 at Western Home Communities, the 30-minute outdoor visitation is stopped until it is deemed safe. End of life visits are still allowed.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines say that once a nursing home resident or employee tests positive, they are taken out of the testing pool and not re-tested for 90 days.

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Diego Hernandez

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