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COVID-19 cases confirmed at multiple Eastern Iowa long-term care facilities

(KWWL) -- The Iowa Health Care Association has confirmed the diagnosis of several COVID-19 cases at multiple long-term care facilities.

A statement from President and CEO Brent Willett says four long-term care providers have reported a combined total of five positive cases of COVID-19. The providers are in Dubuque, Linn, Poweshiek and Washington counties, and all but one of the positive cases involved employees.

Those impacted are receiving medical care and will remain in isolation for at least 14 days. All four facilities are in contact with all staff and resident family members about the situation. Willett says strict screening processes put in place at the facilities enabled the quick detection of the positive cases.

Staff members at the facilities have been following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for screening symptoms of COVID-19 and took immediate action. The facilities have implemented protective protocols, notified residents, families and staff members and contacted public health officials.

All Iowa nursing facilities are following guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and not allowing visitors except for medical necessity and end-of-life situations. Willett is urging members of the public to not even attempt to visit long-term care facilities at this time.

Those who are allowed to visit any of these facilities out of necessity must pass screening protocols. Employees are also screened before they begin their shift. Staff members are screening residents daily, closely monitoring their health and will implement any additional infection control procedures as needed.

The Iowa Health Care Association will post any updates here as they become available.

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Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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