nursing homes

Iowa’s nursing homes have recorded 4,096 COVID-19 infections

BY: - September 28, 2020

More than 4,000 people living or working in Iowa nursing homes have been infected with coronavirus during the 2020 pandemic, newly disclosed state records show. The data from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows that as of last week, 4,096 nursing home residents and staff members have been infected with COVID-19. Those infections are […]

COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa nursing homes climb 22 percent in 24 hours

BY: - September 25, 2020

With the White House Coronavirus Task Force continuing to call for a statewide face-mask mandate to protect Iowa’s vulnerable populations, the number of reported COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa nursing homes has increased 22% in the past 24 hours. According to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health, between Thursday morning and Friday morning the […]

Public health: Iowa’s main COVID-19 testing lab is being stretched by federal requirements

BY: - September 18, 2020

New COVID-19 testing requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will leave the State Hygienic Lab unable to provide or process routine COVID-19 tests for Iowa’s long-term care facilities. The new requirement could generate more than 130,000 tests per week in Iowa, said Amy McCoy, spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Public Health. […]


Coronavirus is hundreds of times more deadly for people over 60 than people under 40

BY: - September 13, 2020

How deadly is SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? And what are the risks of death for people of different ages and demographics? These have been hard numbers to calculate during this pandemic. To calculate the true death rate – more accurately called the infection–fatality ratio (IFR) – you would simply divide the total number […]

NYT: Meat plants recorded Iowa’s biggest COVID-19 clusters

BY: - September 9, 2020

The Tyson Foods meatpacking plant in Waterloo had Iowa’s biggest cluster of COVID-19 cases since March, the New York Times reported Wednesday. That plant had 1,031 cases, but was one of several meat plants that became part of a controversy over how Gov. Kim Reynolds’ administration was handing the response to the spreading coronavirus. Last […]


Corporations got COVID ‘immunity.’ Direct care workers need protections, too.

BY: - July 27, 2020

IowaCareGivers and many other advocacy groups opposed the COVID-19 “immunity” bill that was signed into law in June. The new law protects health care “providers” at the expense of direct care workers and other health care workers. Under Senate File 2338, health care “providers” are defined as owners of nursing homes and other care locations, […]

COVID-19 infections up sharply in Iowa nursing homes

BY: - July 23, 2020

The number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa nursing homes is up sharply this week, as is the number of residents and staff infected. There are currently 20 COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa nursing homes, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. That’s an increase of 25% from the 16 active outbreaks reported just three days […]

COVID-19 hits one in six Iowa nursing homes but inspectors cite few violations

BY: - July 22, 2020

Iowa’s nursing home inspectors have reported no infection-control issues in some of the facilities with the biggest COVID-19 outbreaks, newly disclosed state records show. The records indicate more than 2,584 Iowa nursing home residents and workers have been infected with COVID-19, with outbreaks confirmed at one of every six Iowa nursing homes. There are 20 […]

Axne joins AARP in call for more testing of Iowa seniors

BY: - July 14, 2020

U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne is calling on Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to offer additional COVID-19 testing for older Iowans living in nursing homes. In a letter Monday to Iowa’s Republican governor, Axne, a Democrat who represents Iowa’s 3rd congressional district, also requested the creation of a dedicated, mobile Test Iowa team focused on testing seniors and […]

Patient-safety regulations remain suspended as Iowa and other states reopen

BY: - May 13, 2020

With nursing homes now accounting for one-third of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., state and federal officials are continuing to hold in suspension dozens of regulations intended to protect residents of such facilities. The regulatory rollback was initiated in March and is designed to eliminate bureaucratic hurdles that might exacerbate staffing shortages or make […]


Failure to count COVID-19 nursing home deaths could dramatically skew US numbers

BY: - April 27, 2020

In New York state, 19 nursing homes have each reported 20 or more deaths from COVID-19. A nursing home in New Jersey reported 70 deaths out of its 500 residents. In the words of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, these homes have become a “feeding frenzy” for the virus and “the single biggest fear.” With […]

Some Iowa care facilities with virus have a history of infection-control issues

BY: - April 21, 2020

Some of the Iowa nursing homes with confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks have a history of infection-control violations, rodent infestations or unsanitary conditions. Currently, 48 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in Iowa have been residents of nursing homes, retirement centers and other types of long-term care facilities. The most recent cluster of COVID-19 cases is at the […]