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Two have died in COVID outbreak at Keosauqua Health Care Center

The Keosauqua Health Care Center announced last week that one of its residents, 85-year-old Vera Osborne, died of COVID-19, making her the first resident of the facility to do so. The care center announced Sunday a second resident had died, but thus far has not revealed the person’s identity. (Photo courtesy of Keosauqua Health Care Center)
The Keosauqua Health Care Center announced last week that one of its residents, 85-year-old Vera Osborne, died of COVID-19, making her the first resident of the facility to do so. The care center announced Sunday a second resident had died, but thus far has not revealed the person’s identity. (Photo courtesy of Keosauqua Health Care Center)

KEOSAUQUA – The Keosauqua Health Care Center is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, which has claimed the lives of two residents of the facility and infected a total of 34 residents.

The care center stated on its Facebook page Sunday that it was a “bittersweet” day for the facility, because while three residents recovered from the virus and moved off the secure COVID unit, the care center lost its second resident to the virus and discovered more residents had tested positive.

“The recoveries come at a much-needed time for such a hard day for residents and employees,” the care center stated on Facebook.

Sixteen employees at the care center have tested positive as of Sunday, and seven employees have recovered. The care center’s COVID unit has expanded to accommodate the number of COVID-positive residents. The facility said it is continuing to provide compassionate care to all residents.

“We know this is such a scary time of uncertainty,” said the care center. “Please reach out to our residents through calls, window visits, ecards, Facetime and social media.”

The care center announced its first death on Oct. 7. Its Facebook page stated “This has been the most difficult day for the facility yet.”

In a subsequent post, the care center stated the resident who lost her life to the virus was 85-year-old Vera Osborne, who once owned a business in Keosauqua. By that date, the facility had reported 28 positive cases among its residents and 12 positive cases among its employees.

The Union contacted the care center’s community liaison director, Tara Chiri. Chiri said she could not provide further information about the outbreak apart from what the care center was publishing on Facebook. She said the care center is following the COVID-19 precautions issued by the Iowa Health Care Association.

Van Buren has had relatively few positive cases of COVID-19. It now stands at 140 positive cases. However, the percent of tests that have returned a positive result in the past 14 days has risen and is now at 14 percent.