UPDATED 3:08 PM: The Okeechobee Health Department has informed us they will NOT show up today to test unless and until there are persons with active symptoms. We are closely monitoring both residents and staff for all signs and symptoms, and as we have no one exhibiting these, we do not expect the Health Department to test anyone today.
POSTED 1:57 PM: We want to inform you that we have received confirmation that one of our staff members has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Resident safety is our top priority. We are doing everything we can to ensure we stop the spread of the virus, including staying in very close communication with the local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps.
We have secured the unit the staff member was working on and only staff assigned to that unit will permitted entrance.
The Department of Health will be arriving today to test all possible exposed residents and staff.
We know this is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates as they become available. Please know we are strictly adhering to all directions from the local and state health department.