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10 more guests, 3 staff members at Midvale Family Resource Center test positive for COVID-19

No new clients are being accepted into the center
Midvale Family Resource Center
Posted at 5:21 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 19:22:11-04

MIDVALE, Utah — The number of COVID-19 cases in people connected to the Midvale Family Resource Center has reached 18, a spokeswoman for Salt Lake County said.

Last week, the county learned that two adults and three children from two different families staying at the Midvale Family Resource Center tested positive for the virus.

The discovery of those five cases prompted the county to test 140 guests and 56 staff members at MFRC. Ten more guests, who belong to seven different families, and three staff members tested positive.

All of the MFRC guests who tested positive and their families have been relocated to quarantine and isolation facilities.

"As of right now, no new clients are being accepted into the center. Salt Lake County and partners are working with the Salt Lake County Health Department to allow new families as soon as it is responsible to do so," a statement from Salt Lake County spokeswoman Chloe Morroni said.

Morroni said the county delayed positive COVID-19 cases at MFRC for as long as possible by implementing extra cleaning, further separation procedures inside the resource center, daily screenings for fever and other symptoms, encouraging clients and staff to wear masks, and setting up tents to encourage social distancing outside the facility.

The county is also working to expand COVID-19 testing at its other homeless resource centers.