Published on April 19 2020 3: 05 pm
Last Upgraded on April 20 2020 8: 50 am
Composed by Greg Sapp
The Jasper County Health Department Sunday reported the second death in the county due to COVID-19 The overall number of cases in the county is now at 20.
72 tests have been conducted in Jasper County, and 39 have returned negative. 13 outcomes are still pending.
Of the favorable Jasper County cases, one person is hospitalized, and someone has recuperated.
It has been validated that 18 of the 20 positive cases in Jasper County are homeowners of Newton Care Center. On April 3, the Care Center was contacted by Jasper County Health Department of their very first favorable case. A declaration from the Care Center indicates that the first local to check positive was exposed to the coronavirus while outside of their facility for severe care.
The declaration from the Care Center shows that the resident was tested, as was the roommate, and the tests returned positive for the coronavirus.
Newton Care Center Administrator Paula Schoonover was priced quote as stating, “We have actually been doing everything with the assistance from our regional and state departments of health and the CDC. We are following rigorous seclusion procedures. We have very knowledgeable and dedicated personnel working our COVID-19 unit. Our personnel have worked tirelessly and selflessly to provide caring care to those affected. We are working directly with our extremely encouraging regional health department to fulfill our requirement for homeowner and staff testing.”