MUNCIE — After weeks of no coronavirus deaths in the local senior housing industry, four residents of an assisted-living facility have died from the infectious disease.

In all now, 80%, or 47 of Delaware County's 59 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) deaths have occurred at nursing homes or assisted living housing, according to Donna Wilkins, county health officer. That percentage trend has held steady for months as total deaths added up.

The most recent fatalities included four residents of Lynd Place, an assisted-living community in a wooded setting on McGalliard Road on the east edge of Muncie.

"Our deepest sympathies and shared grief are with the families and all who have been impacted by COVID-19," said Louis Kievit, a vice president in Chicago of Lynd Place owner Enlivant.

"We recognized the threat that COVID-19 posed to our communities and began planning in January 2020," Kievet said in an email. "In March, we implemented our COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety and health of our residents and employees."
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