Widespread COVID-19 infections reported at Billings care facility

Posted at 10:30 AM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 20:26:23-04

BILLINGS — A Billings care facility announced Tuesday it has recently received results that found 43 residents and 15 staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials at Canyon Creek Memory Care Community stated in a Tuesday news release that a total of 55 residents and 56 staff members were tested.

Seven residents and 26 staff members tested negative, and test results are pending for nine residents and 15 staff members.

Two residents who tested positive have been admitted to the hospital.

The facility located at 1785 Majestic Lane is under quarantine, the press release states, and residents and family have been notified of the situation.

"Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have closely monitored and implemented all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from state and local health departments to prevent transmission of the virus," the press release states.

"In Mid-February of this year, protocols were put in place at Canyon Creek to help prevent the exposure of COVID-19. These preventative procedures included; limiting visitation to only essential persons or in end of life situations, the screening of every individual upon entry to the community (including staff) for temperature, travel history, or known exposure and an increase in both food and PPE supply stock."

"We have been working with the RiverStone Health and are grateful for the support and cooperation of the staff, residents, and families at Canyon Creek Memory Care. Protecting the well-being of our residents and staff remains our top priority."