As data reporting halts, outbreaks in Iowa nursing homes continue to climb

By: - February 11, 2022 4:20 pm

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The number of Iowa nursing home residents and workers infected by a currently active COVID-19 outbreak rose by 43% in the past two weeks to almost 2,200.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, there are 114 Iowa nursing homes in outbreak status this week, which is equal to roughly 1 in 4 Iowa care facilities. The number of homes in outbreak status has risen 33% from the 86 reported by IDPH two weeks ago.

There are now 2,197 infections associated with the 114 active outbreaks.

Statewide, only 33% of nursing home workers have been fully vaccinated and received a booster shot, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The increase in infections and outbreaks coincides with plans by the Iowa Department of Public Health to stop collecting data from Iowa nursing homes on COVID-19 infections among residents and staff. This week’s report represents the state’s final public update on the location of outbreaks in Iowa care facilities.

The biggest active outbreak in any Iowa care facility continues to be at the state-run Iowa Veterans Home. Three weeks ago, there were 55 infections associated with the current outbreak at the home. This week, IDPH reported 95 infections tied to the outbreak.

This is the seventh COVID-19 outbreak at the Iowa Veterans Home, which has had more outbreaks than any other Iowa care facility. The six previous outbreaks at the Marshall County home resulted in at least 212 infections.

While 96% of the residents at the Iowa Veterans Home have been fully vaccinated, only about 50% of the staff have been full vaccinated and received a booster shot, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

During the pandemic, seven residents of the Iowa Veterans Home have died of COVID-19, according to CMS.

Here’s a look at all of the Iowa nursing homes with current, active infections, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Homes that have seen significant increases in infections over the past two weeks are noted:

Allamakee County — Good Samaritan Home of Postville: 12 infections.

Allamakee County — Northgate Care Center: Nine infections, up from three infections last week.

Audobon County — Friendship Home Association: Three infections.

Benton County — The Vinton Lutheran Home: 26 infections, up from 19 infections last week and six infections two weeks ago.

Benton County — Keystone Nursing Care Center: Nine infections.

Black Hawk County — Harmony House Health Care Center: 28 infections, up from 13 infections two weeks ago.

Black Hawk County — Laporte City Specialty Care: Five infections.

Black Hawk County — Martin Health Center: 36 infections, up from 15 infections one week ago.

Black Hawk County — NewAldaya Lifescapes: 87 infections.

Black Hawk County — Northcrest Specialty Care: 19 infections, up from seven infections two weeks ago.

Black Hawk County — Pillar of Cedar Valley: 40 infections.

Black Hawk County — Pinnacle Specialty Care: 19 infections.

Black Hawk County — The Suites of Western Home Communities: 24 infections.

Boone County — Madrid Home for the Aging: 10 infections.

Boone County — Eastern Star Masonic Home: Six infections.

Bremer County — Denver Sunset Home: Seven infections.

Buchanan County – ABCM Rehabilitation Center of Independence West Campus: Eight infections.

Calhoun County — Accura Healthcare of Pomeroy: Six infections.

Calhoun County — Good Samaritan Home of Manson: Seven infections.

Carroll County – St. Anthony Regional Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit: Seven infections.

Cedar County — Cedar Manor Nursing Home: 10 infections.

Cedar County — Mechanicsville Specialty Care: 23 infections.

Chickasaw County — Linn Haven Rehab & Healthcare: 42 infections.

Crawford County — Denison Care Center: 11 infections.

Dallas County — Arbor Springs of West Des Moines: Eight infections.

Dallas County — Perry Lutheran Home: Eight infections.

Decatur County – Westview Acres: Four infections.

Dubuque County — Dubuque Specialty Care: Seven infections.

Dubuque County — Luther Manor Communities: Seven infections.

Dubuque County — Stonehill Care Center: Nine infections.

Emmet County — Valley Vue Care Center: 10 infections.

Fayette County — Good Samaritan Home of West Union: 10 infections.

Fayette County — Grandview Healthcare Center: 28 infections.

Franklin County — Rehabilitation Center of Hampton: 24 infections.

Fremont County — The Ambassador of Sidney: 32 infections.

Hancock County — Kanawha Community Home: 16 infections.

Hardin County — Scenic Manor: Six infections.

Harrison County — Dunlap Specialty Care: 11 infections.

Harrison County — Longview Home: 21 infections.

Henry County — Parkview Home: 18 infections. This is a new outbreak.

Henry County — Savannah Heights: 32 infections. This is a new outbreak.

Henry County — Sunrise Terrace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center: 31 infections.

Howard County — Evans Memorial Home:  34 infections, up from 16 infections two weeks ago.

Ida County — Good Samaritan Home of Holstein: Seven infections.

Ida County — Morningside Care Center: 18 infections.

Iowa County — Rose Haven Nursing Home: 13 infections.

Jasper County — Newton Health Care Center: 17 infections.

Jefferson County — Sunny Brook Living Care Center: 52 infections.

Johnson County — Iowa City Rehab & Health Care Center: 19 infections.

Johnson County — Lantern Park Specialty Care: 21 infections.

Jones County — Anamosa Care Center: 20 infections.

Keokuk County — Manor House Care Center: 21 infections.

Kossuth County — Algona Manor Care Center: 39 infections.

Lee County — Donnellson Health Center: 10 infections.

Lee County — Mississippi Valley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center: 48 infections, up from 30 infections one week ago.

Lee County — The Madison: 22 infections, up from 11 infections one week ago.

Lee County — West Point Care Center: 20 infections, up from 11 infections two weeks ago.

Linn County — Hallmark Care Center: 11 infections.

Linn County — Linn Manor Care Center: Five infections.

Linn County — Hiawatha Care Center: 61 infections.

Linn County — Living Center West: 33 infections.

Linn County — ManorCare Health Services of Cedar Rapids: 30 infections.

Linn County — Northbrook Manor Care Center: 29 infections, which represents an unexplained decrease of five infections associated with this outbreak, possibly due to errors or revisions in the data.

Linn County — Oakview Nursing & Rehabilitation of Marion: 22 infections.

Linn County — Winslow House Care Center: 29 infections.

Marion County — West Ridge Specialty Care: Six infections.

Marshall County — Iowa Veterans Home: 95 infections, up from 92 infections one week ago.

Monona County — Elmwood Care Center: Five infections.

Monona County — Pleasant View Care Center: 35 infections. Two weeks ago, there were fewer than three infections at the home.

Montgomery County — Good Samaritan Home of Red Oak: 14 infections.

Montgomery County — Red Oak Rehab & Care Center: Five infections.

O’Brien County — Community Memorial Health Center: Seven infections.

Osceola County — Sibley Specialty Care: Five infections.

Page County — Goldenrod Manor: 10 infections. This is a new outbreak.

Plymouth County — Good Samaritan Home of Le Mars: 10 infections.

Polk County — Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: Nine infections.

Polk County — Kennybrook Village: Five infections.

Polk County — Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center: Eight infections.

Polk County — ManorCare Health Services-West Des Moines: Seven infections.

Polk County — Parkridge Specialty Care: Six infections.

Polk County — Trinity Center at Luther Park: 19 infections.

Polk County — Wesley Acres: Five infections.

Polk County — Bishop Drumm Retirement Center: Three infections.

Pottawattamie County — North Crest Living Center: 34 infections, up from 19 infections two weeks ago.

Pottawattamie County — Risen Son Christian Village: 71 infections, up from 43 infections two weeks ago.

Poweshiek County — Brooklyn Community Estates: Three infections.

Poweshiek County — Grinnell Health Care Center: 11 infections.

Poweshiek County — St. Francis Manor: 18 infections.

Ringgold County — Clearview Home of Mt. Ayr: 13 infections.

Scott County — Good Samaritan Home of Davenport: 31 infections, up from the 16 infections reported two weeks ago.

Scott County — Kahl Home for the Aged & Infirm: 58 infections.

Scott County — ManorCare Health Services-Davenport: 16 infections.

Shelby County — Elm Crest Retirement Community: Nine infections.

Shelby County — Salem Lutheran Home: 23 infections.

Sioux County — Hegg Memorial Health Center: 24 infections, up from 15 infections reported two weeks ago.

Sioux County — Hillcrest Care Center: 28 infections. This is a new outbreak.

Sioux County — Prairie Ridge Care Center: 13 infections.

Sioux County — Sioux Center Health Royale Meadows: 49 infections.

Story County — Bethany Life: 28 infections.

Story County — Northridge Village: 13 infections.

Tama County — Westbrook Acres: 25 infections.

Wapello County — Good Samaritan Home of Ottumwa: Four infections.

Warren County — Carlisle Center for Wellness & Rehab: 10 infections.

Warren County — Norwalk Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: Six infections.

Warren County — Regency Care Center: 14 infections.

Washington County — Pleasantview Home: 34 infections.

Webster County – QHC Fort Dodge Villa: Six infections.

Winnebago County — Lake Mills Care Center: 11 infections.

Woodbury County — MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center’s nursing facility: Four infections.

Woodbury County — Pioneer Valley Living and Rehab Center: Six infections.

Woodbury County — Touchstone Healthcare Community: Three infections.

Worth County — Lutheran Retirement Home: 28 infections.

Worth County — Manly Specialty Care: 17 infections, up from eight infections two weeks ago.

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.

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