MUSCATINE, Iowa–The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Muscatine County Public Health have identified eight cases with several pending tests of COVID-19 in a long-term care facility in Muscatine County. The cases include both staff and residents at Lutheran Living Senior Campus. According to IDPH, an outbreak consists of three or more cases of COVID-19 identified among residents of a facility.
The facility has notified residents and their families and, consistent with IDPH guidelines, placed the affected residents in isolation. Lutheran Living Senior Campus staff continue working closely with IDPH and Muscatine County Public Health to protect the health of their residents and staff, with additional testing of residents and staff occurring as directed by IDPH.
“Continuing to protect the health and well-being of the residents and staff is our highest priority,” said Muscatine County Public Health Director Christy Roby Williams: “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 of April 16, Muscatine County had 148 total cases of COVID-19, two long-term care outbreaks, 11 hospitalized, two deaths, and 44 recoveries. The Muscatine County Health Department continues to work directly with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing pandemic: “The Iowa Department of Public Health is doing a fantastic job supporting our local county health departments and the residents we are all called to care for. I can’t thank them enough for their expertise and efficient responses, “said Roby Williams.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19, including an interactive map with county, regional, and long-term care outbreak information, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/EmergingHealth-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus.