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Good news from Colonial Springs coronavirus test results

Colonial Springs Healthcare Center received good news from results of its July 24 mass COVID-19 testing event – no new positive cases of coronavirus among employees and residents continue to be in the clear.

The facility reported July 8 that an employee tested positive for COVID-19, two employees tested positive July 10, and one employee tested positive July 17. All four employees were quarantined at home and monitored by the Dallas County Health Department. No residents have been infected with the virus.

“We are so pleased with the efforts and diligence of the staff and residents to follow all precautions and stay as safe as possible,” said Tim Francka, CMH Administrative Director of Long-Term Care.  “It was encouraging to receive negative test results for everyone.”

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. Follow-up testing will be held next week.

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