Delaware County Confirms Outbreak in a Long-Term Care Center

Posted 6/11/2020 in Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Delaware County Public Health have identified a COVID-19 outbreak in a long-term care facility in Delaware County. A total of 10 residents and staff at the Edgewood Convalescent Home have tested positive for COVID-19. According to IDPH, an outbreak is when three or more cases of COVID-19 are identified among residents of a facility.

The facility has notified residents and their families, and consistent with IDPH guidelines, the affected residents are in isolation. Edgewood Convalescent Home staff are working closely with IDPH and Delaware County Public Health to protect the health of all residents and staff, with additional testing of residents and staff as directed by IDPH.

“Protecting the health and wellbeing of the residents and staff is of the highest priority,” shared Charity Loecke, Delaware County Public Health Coordinator. “We know our older population is at the highest risk for serious COVID-19 illness, so we are monitoring the situation carefully and taking the highest precautions to prevent virus spread.”

As of today, June 11, 2020, Delaware County has eight cases who are isolating at home, 17 who have recovered, zero hospitalized, and sadly one death. Delaware County Public Health continues to work closely with IDPH and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing pandemic.

For trusted information and updates related to COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit regmedctr.org/covid-19, coronavirus.iowa.gov, idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus, or cdc.gov/coronavirus.