Ottumwa Residential Facility deals with covid cases

The facility located on the northside of Ottumwa houses 75 people ordered there by District...
The facility located on the northside of Ottumwa houses 75 people ordered there by District Courts(source: KYOU)
Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 3:05 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -The Ottumwa Residential Facility is dealing with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

According to Daniel Fell, Director of the 8th Judicial District, the facility houses 75 clients ordered there by District Courts or the Iowa Board of Parole.

Up until July 16th, they had a few cases of confirmed COVID-19 since the pandemic began. None of those positives were clustered.

On July 16th, Fell says a client tested positive. In the next five days, 11 other clients tested positive, he says the last one being the first of this week.

7 other clients were tested due to potential exposure or reported symptoms and all were negative.

8 of the 12 positive cases were immediately furloughed to their residence of record.

4 clients who could not furlough for various reasons, including someone in their home having compromised health issues, were quarantined in the Facility in their weekend dormitory.

That dormitory is physically separated from the rest of the clients in the facility.

Staff members who have any contact with the clients in quarantine are required to wear full personal protective equipment.

None of the positive cases were hospitalized and several clients completed their mandated quarantine time earlier this week.

No staff members have reported any COVID-like symptoms during this episode.

No further testing has been requested by clients or deemed warranted due to potential symptoms, since the beginning of the week.

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