Diversicare testing reveals no new COVID-19 cases at facility

Chad Frey
The Kansan

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A postive COVID-19 test by a member of Diversicare of Sedgwick staff triggered testing of all staff and residents of the long-term care facility — and on Friday the Harvey County Health Department announced no additional COVID-19 cases were found at the nursing facility.

“We wanted to take this proactive step in testing to ensure that our residents and employees remain safe and healthy,” said Diversicare of Sedgwick director of care coordination Justin Harland. “Having no additional COVID-19 cases identified in the testing is welcomed news. We have and will continue to take precautions to provide a safe environment for our staff team members and residents.”

Testing included 93 combined residents and staff.

The employee who previously tested positive for COVID-19, a Harvey County woman in her 20s, was part of a cluster of 22 cases announced June 10 at the Diversicare of Haysville nursing facility. The woman works at Diversicare facilities in both Haysville and Sedgwick.

This remains the only current known active COVID-19 case in Harvey County.

Harvey County has transitioned to the “phase out” stage guidance of its Harvey County Health Reopening Plan. However, the county has restricted visitation at long-term care facilities through June 23.

“We appreciate the partnerships and support our long-term care facilities have given us as we try to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Harvey County Health Department director Lynnette Redington. “We know COVID-19 has not gone away. It continues to be important that we all do our part to keep our family, friends and our communities healthy.”

Harvey County has had 16 total COVID-19 cases, including 12 confirmed and four probable cases.

As of Friday, there have been 1,192 coronavirus tests conducted in Harvey County.