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Ravenwood employee tests positive for coronavirus

Ravenwood employee tests positive for coronavirus

From the Coronavirus update Northeast Iowa series

Ravenwood employees gather for a photo. The photo was taken before PPE requirements were put in place.

WATERLOO -- Ravenwood Specialty Care said one of its employees tested positive for coronavirus, the company announced.

Parent company Care Initiatives made the announcement Thursday, but said the employee tested positive on Wednesday.

"Due to privacy regulations, we aren't able to share more information about the employee," Care Initiatives said in a short statement.

The company said it was continuing to follow federal and state infection control guidelines, had notified staff, residents and their family and was screening all of its staff at the beginning and end of their shifts for symptoms of the highly-contagious virus.

Ravenwood, at 2615 St. Francis Drive in Waterloo, offers rehabilitation, skilled nursing, long-term care and hospice, according to its website.

Jason Bridie with Care Initiatives said Ravenwood is licensed for 172 beds, but currently had around 130 residents and 132 employees.

Coronavirus has had devastating effects at long-term care facilities across Iowa. Around half of the state's total deaths from COVID-19 have been residents of such facilities.

Care Initiatives also manages Heritage Specialty Care in Cedar Rapids, where a coronavirus outbreak was announced March 24, among the state's first outbreaks. It has had devastating consequences inside, with 111 confirmed infections as of Friday.

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