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40 residents, staff test positive for COVID-19 at long term care facility in Festus

One resident, a woman in her 80s, died from the virus
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FESTUS, Mo. — The Jefferson County Health Department has reported 40 positive COVID-19 cases at the Festus Manor Care Center.

The positive cases include both residents and staff, according to a press release. One resident, a woman in her 80s, died from the virus.

The center notified employees, residents and family members and is working closely with Jefferson County health officials to contain the spread of the virus, according to the release.

“We are in contact with our family members and are doing everything we can to support them,” said a Festus Manor spokesperson. “We are also doing everything we can to ensure we prevent the spread within our facility through isolation and quarantine protocols. Our staff and residents will continue to adhere to CMS, CDC, local and state guidelines which include highly restrictive guest access as well as the elimination of group functions until further notice.”

Jefferson County health officials have implemented a testing strategy for residents and staff. Health officials arranged for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including N95 masks, goggles, Tyvek suits and shields to be delivered to the center.

As of April 18, there are 177 cases of COVID-19 in the county, including three deaths. Seventy people in the county have recovered from the virus.

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