GRCC confirms positive COVID-19 case associated with the facility

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In a statement released Monday, Great River Care Center in McGregor said it’s doing everything it can to stop the spread of COVID-19 following the confirmation of one positive case associated with the facility.

“We are in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps at this time,” the statement read. “Our staff and residents are following the recommended preventative actions, we have restricted visitors from entering our facility and cancelled all group activities within the building.”

Due to patient privacy laws, Great River Care Center is unable to share any further specific information about the confirmed case in the facility.

The statement continued, “Resident safety is a top priority for Great River Care Center and Turner Pointe Assisted Living. This virus is especially dangerous to our population—older adults with underlying health conditions—so, this is a critical issue that requires our immediate attention.” 

Great River Care Center and Turner Pointe Assisted Living is in close contact with local and state health departments, as well as the Centers for Disease Control, to stay up to date on the information to prevent and manage the spread of coronavirus.  Skilled nursing and assisted living providers rely on local, state and federal resources to help prevent the spread of the virus. 

“We have reviewed and updated our infection prevention and control plans and our emergency communication plan,” Great River Care Center said. “We are following general public health best practices: handwashing, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers and covering coughs. We have reinforced to our staff that anyone who is sick should stay home, and we are screening all essential personnel as they enter and leave the building. Staff are wearing appropriate PPE and residents have been offered cloth face masks.”

“We will continue to keep family members up to date, so they have the latest information about their loved ones,” the statement added. “We are restricting all non-essential personnel, per direction from local health department (as well as the federal/state government).”

Family members can interact with their loved ones by using video chat, calling, texting or checking in on social media. 

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