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CMHCF and Parkview receive good news from latest test results, Butterfield to test Aug. 18

Employees and residents of Citizens Memorial Health Care Facility and Parkview Health Care Facility received good news from their latest rounds of test results. No new positive cases of coronavirus among employees and no residents have been infected with the virus.

Last week, a CMHCF employee who was asymptomatic and tested during random employee testing, was positive for COVID-19. One hundred twenty employees and 103 residents were tested Aug. 14. Follow-up testing for CMHCF will be held Friday, Aug. 21.

Three Parkview employees tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. One hundred twelve employees and 66 residents were tested Aug. 17. Follow-up testing will be held for Parkview Monday, Aug. 24.

“We are extremely pleased with the results. Our most gratifying result is that no residents have tested positive in any CMH long-term care facilities,” said Tim Francka, CMH Foundation administrative director of long-term care. “With community spread cases on the rise over the last few weeks, this is a phenomenal feat and speaks to the commitment of staff to our infection prevention processes.

“We encourage the community to aid in this fight by practicing good hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing masks when in public spaces. As of Aug. 17, over 475 long-term care facilities in Missouri have had an outbreak, which is defined as one or more COVID-19 positive cases.”

Butterfield Residential Care Center will hold its mass testing Tuesday, Aug. 18, for 29 employees and 52 residents. Last week, a Butterfield employee tested positive of COVID-19.

The three facilities are owned and operated by Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation, which operates six long-term care facilities in Ash Grove, Bolivar, Buffalo, El Dorado Springs and Stockton, and one residential care center in Bolivar.

All CMH Foundation long-term care facility employees wear masks, eye protection and other personal protective equipment during their shifts. Additionally, employees are screened at the beginning of their shifts for coronavirus symptoms including fever. Employees who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 do not return to work until they are recovered and receive clearance.

All CMH Foundation facilities monitor closely for any symptoms of COVID-19.

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