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COVID-19 outbreak reported at Crawfordsville long-term care facility

14 residents test positive for virus
Posted at 1:37 PM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 13:37:57-04

CRAWFORDSVILLE — The Montgomery County Health Department announced Sunday that 14 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed at a long-term care facility.

Health department employees were notified Saturday that 14 residents of Ben Hur Health & Rehabilitation in Crawfordsville tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a news release. There have been 47 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Montgomery County.

“We understand the worry and concern for patients, their families and the community created by this outbreak,” Dr. Scott Douglas, Montgomery County Health Officer, said. “We are working closely with the Indiana State Department of Health and Ben Hur Health and Rehabilitation to limit the transmission of the infection and to provide for the safety of all residents and staff in the facility.”

The news release said 26 residents were tested Friday after multiple people had fevers Thursday. Residents who tested positive have been put into isolation and Ben Hur staff has contacted family members.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported Thursday that more than 20% of Hoosiers who have died from COVID-19 lived in long-term care facilities. Across the state, 813 people from the coronavirus, while more than 15,000 have tested positive.

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