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Residents, staff test positive for COVID-19 at EP!C

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PEORIA (WEEK) - Ashley Schreck, a spokesperson from EP!C, confirmed some of their staff and residents tested positive for COVID-19, though they did not specify how many.

EP!C is an organization serving those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One of the services they offer is group home living for adults with special needs. This is where EP!C said they are seeing cases.

We are told their youngest resident is 21-years-old. In a statement, Schreck said, "...we are vastly different from the traditional long-term care facilities we usually get grouped with."

She said their group homes are small and spread throughout Peoria and Tazewell Counties. They typically house four to eight residents.

According to Schreck, most of their cases have been asymptomatic; that means the person showed no symptoms. She said only one person did show symptoms, and that they recovered at home in a matter of days. Other staff members who tested positive are self-isolating at home. Staff who came in contact with those who tested positive were also removed from the schedule.

Schreck said some tested positive outside of work, because their spouse had also tested positive.

Schreck said they have been working to prevent the disease from entering their homes by having staff live-in the group homes or work in 12-hour shifts. She said, "Currently there is a caregiver crisis and adding COVID measures to that does put stress on our coverage availability."

Molly Jirasek

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