Assisted living facility resident is Clay County’s 2nd COVID-19 death

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A resident of Riverview Terrace Assisted Living in Spencer died August 20 after contracting COVID-19, becoming Clay County’s second death attributed to the novel coronavirus.

Marjorie Ann Dalen, 89, contracted the disease and “passed suddenly,” according to an obituary on Warner Funeral Home’s website.

Clay County earlier this month had a notable rise in confirmed cases, at least some of which are connected to Riverview Terrace. The Signal reported on August 12 that multiple cases among residents and staff had been confirmed at the facility.

Riverview Terrace officials have acknowledged the outbreak but are not providing specific information about confirmed cases to the public due to tenant privacy laws.

Riverview Terrace, owned by St. Luke Homes and Services, in a press release issued earlier this month stated the facility has been implementing mitigation practices as recommended by federal and state officials. That included restricting visitors and all non-essential personnel in early March.

“Even with our heightened screening of residents, tenants, staff and visitors, this virus found its way in,” David West, St. Luke Homes and Services CEO and Administrator, stated in the press release. “We are doing everything possible to mitigate the effects. Our residents, tenants and staff are our top priority.”

State data shows as of Monday afternoon 229 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Clay County. Of those cases, 166 people have recovered.

Clay County has three patients hospitalized due to COVID-19, according to the state.

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