Sep 11, 2020 4:06 PM

DSNWK: COVID-19 cluster identified in Hays living facility

Posted Sep 11, 2020 4:06 PM

Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas announced in a news release Friday that seven residents and one staff member have been identified as coronavirus-positive.

The cluster is located in a living facility in Hays. One longtime resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has died, DSNWK said in the release. 

All remaining individuals affected have been isolated in their living quarters or home.

Read the entire release below:

Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas with Ellis County Health Department have identified a cluster of 8 cases of COVID-19. The cases involve seven residents and one staff of a living facility in Hays. Sadly, one longtime resident who was COVID positive has passed. DSNWK following the guidance of ECHD and KDHE has taken every measure to mitigate this cluster. All remaining affected individuals are in stable condition and isolated to their respective living quarters or private residence.   

 DSNWK continues to follow clear protocols to maintain a healthy and clean environment. These protocols include limiting access to service settings; routine temperature and health status checks for staff and residents; use of masks and other PPE; frequent handwashing and prevention steps. DSNWK and the Ellis County Health Department have worked diligently to ensure the safety of the DSNWK family.

The Ellis County Health Department has notified anyone that is impacted by this current cluster.  

 The Ellis Health Department staff recommends all residents take precautions to protect themselves and others from contracting the COVID-19 virus. Preventative measures include social distancing, wearing a mask when in public settings, washing hands frequently, and staying home if you are sick or have a weakened immune system.