10 infected, 3 hospitalized in Columbus assisted living COVID-19 outbreak – KTVQ Billings News

The facility will not allow visitors per quarantine and contact tracing protocols. White said citizens are presently confined to their spaces. Visitation constraints will be lifted when the center has 2 consecutive weeks with no positive COVID-19 tests, White said.

COLUMBUS– An overall of 10 COVID-19 cases have been discovered in the Meadowlark Assisted Living Facility in Columbus, according to a Tuesday media release from Stillwater County Public Health.
Four locals and 6 employees in the Meadowlark center tested favorable over the span of last week, stated Michael White, co-owner of the centers moms and dad company over the phone.
3 residents have been hospitalized.
White stated the first case was determined in a resident who traveled to a Billings health center on Sept. 22 for ankle pain, White said. The resident was checked for COVID-19 at the medical facility as part of regular treatments.
That same day, all 11 team member at Meadowlark were tested as part of state guidelines that need weekly screening of care facility staff members. On Sept. 25, the six workers returned favorable and tests were offered to all homeowners and staff, White said.
The center will not permit visitors per quarantine and contact tracing procedures. White said residents are currently confined to their spaces. Visitation restrictions will be lifted when the center has two consecutive weeks without any positive COVID-19 tests, White said.
The Meadowlark personnel were and still are following all state and national procedure to avoid COVID-19 spread, White said.
“The state requires helped living centers to separate residents who have actually checked positive and to quarantine the residents who have actually been exposed to the infection, even if they have actually checked unfavorable,” the release states.
Stillwater County Public Health reports all residents and employees have actually been informed of test outcomes.
The Meadowlark helped living facility is operated by Montana-based Caslen Living Centers, Inc. The company operates 6 assisted living centers throughout the state, according to its website.
As of Tuesday, Stillwater County has 31 active COVID-19 cases, bringing the county overall to 76 verified cases. Two county homeowners have passed away from the infection.
Stillwater County residents with questions about COVID-19 are asked to call the local public health line at 406-322-1070. The Stillwater County COVID-19 action website can be accessed by click on this link.