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Two additional Parkview employees test positive for COVID-19, residents not infected

Two additional Parkview Health Care Facility employees have tested positive for COVID-19. No residents have been infected with the virus.

The facility reported Aug. 5 that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Sixty-six Parkview Health Care Facility residents and 113 employees were tested during an Aug. 10 mass testing event.

The two additional positive cases were asymptomatic and were tested during mass testing. The three Parkview employees are quarantined at home and are being monitored by the Polk County Health Center.

According to Tim Francka, CMH Foundation administrative director of long-term care, 170 test results were received Aug. 10 and nine test results will be returned Aug. 11.

“Although we have a handful of additional tests coming back Tuesday, we wanted to let everyone know the news we received late this afternoon,” says Francka. “We will continue to be diligent with our extensive infection prevention protocols to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible.”

All Parkview Health Care Facility residents and staff will be monitored closely for any symptoms of COVID-19. Follow-up testing will be held the next two weeks.

Parkview Health Care Facility is a skilled nursing facility in Bolivar 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.

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