Iron County Medical Care Facility sees outbreak of COVID-19 cases

22 residents and 11 employees have currently tested positive for the virus.
Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 3:14 PM EDT
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Note: This story was updated at 8:25 p.m. Tuesday, after this story aired with earlier case numbers.

CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. (WLUC) - Thirty-three people have a positive test result for COVID-19 at the Iron County Medical Care Facility as of Tuesday, September 20.

ICMCF Assistant Administrator Craig Jestila said 22 of those are residents and 11 are employees.

At least nine employees are currently out of the building.

According to Deb Han, the corporate compliance officer for the building, residents and employees each get tested at least once a week.

“We have bumped up our frequency for our resident testing,” she said.

Last week, each resident was tested two times. That led to identifying 15 new cases of COVID-19 by Friday’s testing.

This outbreak, for the most part, is within the dementia unit, and all positive residents have been isolated together. When a resident does come back positive, Han said they are isolated.

“We have a dedicated COVID unit, with designated staff, as much as we can,” she added.

She says all those employees that work in the isolation unit have full personal protective equipment.

In addition to testing, Han says resident are screened at least three times a day. Workers are screened before their shift.

She wants to let the public know that they use contact tracing as well.

“The Iron County Medical Care Facility takes residents' safety seriously. It’s our top priority. We are following all recommendations,” said Han.

Right now, visitors are still restricted at the facility.

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