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Colonial Springs announces follow-up COVID-19 test results

Colonial Springs Healthcare Center received welcomed news from their July 31, mass COVID-19 testing event. No new positive cases of coronavirus among employees and no residents have been infected with the virus.

The facility reported previously that four employees had tested positive for COVID-19. All four employees were quarantined at home and monitored by the Dallas County Health Department.

“This is welcomed news for Colonial Springs,” says Tim Francka, CMH administrative director of long-term care. “I would like to thank the leadership team and staff for their diligence and focus on safety and infection prevention. Although we are relieved to have this behind us, we will continue to use strict infection prevention protocols to ensure we are staying as safe as possible for our residents and staff.”

Colonial Springs is a skilled nursing facility in Buffalo and is owned and operated by Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation, Bolivar. CMH Foundation 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.

Colonial Springs residents and staff will continue to be monitored closely for any symptoms of COVID-19. Since the facility has had two consecutive weeks of no positive coronavirus cases from mass testing, Colonial Springs will discontinue weekly 100% testing of employees and residents per Federal and State regulations, but will continue to conduct random employee testing.

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