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Ozark healthcare facility has 21 positive residents, 16 positive employees

Ozark healthcare facility has 21 positive residents, 16 positive employees

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Oakview Manor Health Care & Rehab Center in Ozark reported 16 employees and 21 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.

Two employees have since tested negative and returned to work.

“Testing of all residents was completed June 30,” Oakview wrote in a news release.

“As a result of this baseline testing, only one asymptomatic resident had tested positive for COVID-19. Since that time, however, subsequent testing has revealed additional positive residents.

“Currently the facility has 21 positive residents. These residents are being cared for in a secure isolation unit. Family representatives are provided with weekly updates on the facility’s efforts and notified with positive test results of residents and employees as outlined by (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).”

Oakview Manor continues to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Alabama Department of Public Health as its continues efforts to contain the virus.


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