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For Immediate Release
April 14, 2020
Kate Flavin


Archived: COVID-19 Cluster Confirmed in Clearwater Facility


(Sedgwick County, Kan.) –In partnership with the Clearwater Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Sedgwick County announces that four residents have tested positive for COVID-19. One resident has died from the disease bringing the County’s total to three deaths from COVID-19.

 “The safety and well-being of our residents and staff is a top priority,” said the Center’s Owner, Willie Novotny. “I am deeply saddened by the loss of one of our residents and offer my condolences to his/her friends and family. We are continuing our efforts to keep all residents and staff safe.”

 Sedgwick County is working with the Center to ensure all close contacts are identified and are properly quarantined or isolated.

 “Together with the Clearwater Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, we are working to monitor and protect residents and staff from COVID-19,” said County Health Director Adrienne Byrne. “We know that COVID-19 is especially dangerous for older adults and we want to ensure their safety.”

 As with all diseases, Sedgwick County investigates reports of COVID-19 in facilities. If a case is identified in a long-term care facility, Sedgwick County recommends that the facility isolate any symptomatic people away from other residents. The facility monitors all residents and staff for symptoms. They should not allow visitors into the facility and should cancel any group activities, although most facilities have already done both due to the pandemic.