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Updated: Mon 6:15 PM, May 18, 2020

CLARK CO., Ky. (WKYT) Signature HealthCARE is reporting 18 COVID-19 cases at its Fountain Circle facility in Clark County.

According to a press release, facility-wide testing was done after the first three confirmed cases late last week.

They say from the results of the initial facility-wide tests there are a total of 13 positive resident cases and 5 positive COVID-19 staff, that number includes the first three cases.

“We’ve been working around the clock getting ready for COVID-19 – and we are ready, now that the day is here,” said Chris Cox, Chief Operating Officer for Signature HealthCARE. “This is why we hired the experts we have on our team, including a new Chief Infectious Disease Physician. Our intense preparations are effective, especially in this situation, with staff screening themselves and residents daily, and staff readily identifying anyone who might have the virus early and getting them sent out and tested right away.”

The Clark County Health Department says the age of the resident cases ranges in age from 55 to 100 years-old.

The health department says that each resident with the virus is isolated in one unit.

“Up until this outbreak at one facility we’d only had 20, and all were recovered or released,” said Clark County Judge Executive Chris Pace.

Pace says all things considered, Clark County hasn’t had many positive cases. He wants to keep it that way.

“My main concern as county judge is that we keep this isolated to that one location,” Pace said.

Pace says so far, only one resident at the facility has shown any symptoms.

According to Signature, the facility will continue to take every precaution possible and follow strict CDC guidelines.

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