Lutheran Living confirms outbreak of COVID-19

Muscatine Iowa Muscatine County’s second outbreak of COVID-19 in a long-term care facility occurred at Lutheran Living Senior Campus in Muscatine April 16. The Iowa Department of Public Health’s website reported the facility had eight cases.f

Executive Director of Lutheran Living Randi Roggentien, confirmed the report, stating, “we are sorry to report that we have five residents and three staff members with confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Lutheran Living.”

In response to the positive diagnoses, Roggentien elaborated that Lutheran Living has taken several steps recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services to prevent the further spread of the disease: We have established a designated area in the building for residents with a COVID-19 diagnosis, have quarantined the residents in their rooms, and have designated staff to support and care for them. We are following all direction on additional testing and continue to actively screen all residents and staff for fever and respiratory symptoms.” Prior to the positive cases, Lutheran Living had already stopped allowing visitors and suspended group activities. 

Along with guidance from their medical director, Lutheran Living continues to work closely with Muscatine County Public Health to continue to curb the spread of COVID-19 in their facility. Director of Public Health Christy Roby Williams explained in a public statement: “continuing to protect the health and well-being of the residents and staff is our highest priority. We are in constant communication and consultation with Lutheran Living. We know their residents are at the highest risk for serious COVID-19 illness. They are taking the maximum precautions to contain and prevent further virus spread.” 

As the outbreak at Lutheran Living continues to develop, Roggentien pledged to provide information to the public when legally possible. “While we strive for transparency in everything we do, please know that we are bound by federal guidelines under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as employment policies,” outlined Roggentien.