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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Living Center West Recovers from COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – As of June 19, 2020, Living Center West (LCW), a long-term care facility in Linn County, has recovered from the COVID-19 outbreak, which began impacting the facility in mid-April. Recovery is defined as no new cases for two consecutive incubation periods, or 28 days.

Living Center West is one of six long-term care facilities in Linn County, which experienced an outbreak of COVID-19. A total of 81 residents and staff tested positive for COVID-19, 65 individuals recovered, and 16 residents died.

Linn County Public Health and Living Center West worked diligently to stop the spread of COVID-19, with assistance from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Upon identification of the outbreak, Living Center West quickly implemented measures to prevent spread of the virus, including limiting visitors, screening staff and residents for symptoms of COVID-19, designating an isolation area for ill residents with dedicated staff, isolating new residents upon admission, and implementing additional infection prevention practices.  Additionally, personal protective equipment availability was assessed and adequate supplies were ensured to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

“The Living Center West healthcare team takes its responsibility to protect the residents health and safety very seriously,” said Brandy Dierks, Living Center West administrator.

“We are proud of how hard our team has worked through this difficult time. We will continue to be diligent to ensure the health and safety of our residents and health care workers.”

COVID-19 spreads easily and rapidly in settings where people live close together. Older adults and those with underlying chronic medical conditions are at increased risk of severe complications or death due to COVID-19 infection. Pramod Dwivedi, Linn County Public Health Director states, “Residents of long term care facilities are at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19. We remind all of our community members to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the community and to high risk individuals such as those living in long term care facilities.”

Everyone should wash hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home when you are sick, practice social distancing by maintaining 6 feet between people, and wear a cloth face covering or mask when social distancing is not possible.

For more information on COVID-19, call 2-1-1 or visit www.LinnCounty.org/COVID19.  

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Linn County Public Health, an agency within Linn County government, serves more than 225,000 residents of Linn County to prevent disease and injury, promote healthy living, protect the environment, and ensure public health preparedness. Learn more at linncounty.org/health or by calling 319-892-6000. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LCPublicHealth and follow us on Twitter @LCPublicHealth.

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