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Coronavirus cases rise to 68 at Life Care Center of Elkhorn

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Posted at 7:29 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 01:41:19-04

ELKHORN, Neb. (KMTV) - Life Care Center of Elkhorn says the number of coronavirus cases at the facility has jumped to 68.

The facility says as of Thursday, 51 residents have tested positive for coronavirus along with 17 staff members.

Twenty-four residents have tested negative for coronavirus while results on two other residents are pending.

No residents have passed away from coronavirus, the facility said.

Twenty-two staff members have tested negative for coronavirus.

Residents who tested positive were isolated and are receiving care. Should more acute care be needed, residents will be transferred to a local hospital.

The staff members are isolated at home and will only return to the job once CDC guidelines for returning to work are met.

"Our primary concern is for the health and safety of our residents, nursing staff and other care providers," the facility said in a release. "Our staff is trained in proper use of PPEs and are following all relevant guidelines in infection control. They are putting in heroic efforts to ensure that our patients are receiving the best care."

Life Care Center of Elkhorn has had a no visitors policy since March.

This facility is owned by Life Care Centers of America, which also owns the facility in Kirkland, Washington, where the first major outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care facility occurred back in early March.