Officials at Heartspring in Wichita have confirmed that six staff members in its residential school have tested positive for the coronavirus. The special-needs agency notified employees and families of the initial positive test on July 7th. Five other employees were then tested and sent home to quarantine.
Heartspring president Karina Forrest-Perkins said in a press release Monday that the agency has followed highly restrictive measures, but that did not prevent staff from becoming infected in the community and bringing the virus to the school. Because of the employees in quarantine, it’s anticipated that more cases will be reported in the coming days.
Heartspring officials don’t believe the school employees have had contact with any outpatient clients or staff, but the Pediatric and Autism Services departments will be temporarily closed until further notice. All Heartspring staff will be tested for COVID-19 and the agency will conduct cleaning and sanitizing measures. The agency says it is staying in contact with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Sedgwick County Health Department.