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Virus outbreak reported at Coon Rapids senior care facility

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A dozen people at a Coon Rapids senior care facility have been infected by the new coronavirus — the first such outbreak in Carroll County.

The outbreak was reported at Thomas Rest Haven, which has a 57-bed capacity, according to its website.

Outbreaks at similar facilities have been the source of 598 coronavirus-related deaths in Iowa. That is more than half of the state's 1,112 coronavirus deaths so far.

There have been 10 more confirmed coronavirus cases in Carroll County in the past day as of 9 a.m. The county's total is 387, according to state data. At least 197 of those infected people have recovered, and two have died.

The county's test positivity rate over the past two weeks is now 19.2 percent. At 20 percent, school districts can request to shift to online classes regardless of the number of students who are absent.

Carroll Community schools disclosed three more infections in the district on Sunday, including two students — one at the high school and one at the middle school — and a staff member. On Friday, the number of students in quarantine at home was 65, which was partly fueled by a student who attended class and later tested positive for the virus.

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