UPDATE: Iowa reports COVID-19 at Woodward home, among nine DHS workers, six residents

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds holds a news conference on COVID-19 at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston, Iowa, on Monday, May 4, 2020. (Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — UPDATE May 4, 8:12 p.m.: Iowa officials are reporting nine Iowa Department of Human Services employees working at five state-run facilities have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Officials say six residents at a facility housing residents with intellectual disabilities also have the virus.

Iowa DHS Director Kelly Garcia said Monday that the agency has asked doctors from the University of Iowa for assistance in dealing with the outbreak at the Woodward Resource Center, near Des Moines.


PREVIOUS May 4, 11:06 a.m.

WOODWARD, Iowa (AP) —Iowa Department of Human Services officials say six residents at a central Iowa facility for people with intellectual disabilities have tested positive for the new coronavirus, although none have shown symptoms of COVID-19.

The first resident at the Woodward Resource Center tested positive for the virus on April 26.

By Saturday, officials said, five more residents — all tied to one home on campus — had tested positive for the virus.

The Des Moines Register reports three employees at the multi-building campus have also tested positive.

DHS spokesman Matt Highland says the state is working to get more COVID-19 testing on the campus.

Those who have tested positive have been moved to an isolation area, and the home has been cleaned.

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