Premier Estates of Muscatine experiences COVID-19 Outbreak

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Aug. 19, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported that Premier Estates of Muscatine, a long term care facility, has an outbreak of 15 positive COVID-19 cases. The report represents the first long term care outbreak in the county for several months, following outbreaks at Lutheran Living Senior Campus, Pearl Valley Rehab, and the Wilton Retirement Community earlier this spring.

Though Premier Estates had a complaint filed against it July 6 regarding in part not contacting the family of a resident after he tested negative for COVID-19, the Department of Inspections and Appeals Healthcare Division found them to be in compliance with all regulations, including those relating to infection control, Aug. 3.

Aug. 20, Regional Business Development Consultant Nathan Greiner confirmed that Premier Estates of Muscatine has 15 positive COVID-19 cases, 12 among residents and three among staff. Since the outbreak began, Greiner said, “we’ve isolated that patients that are affected.” Though Greiner did not share plans for providing updated numbers on the number of staff and residents affected, he indicated Premier Estates of Muscatine would, “communicate with families on a regular basis, so they’ll hear directly from us.”

Greiner emphasized that Premier Estates continues to test staff and residents for COVID-19, screens staff for symptoms regularly, and continues the heightened cleaning routines and visitor restrictions required of long term care facilities since March. A statement on the Premier Estates of Muscatine Facebook page includes a summary of these procedures.