The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Dallas County Health Department have identified 12 cases of COVID-19 at Pearl Valley Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, a long-term care facility in Dallas County. According to IDPH, an outbreak occurs when three or more cases of COVID-19 are identified among residents of a facility.

Sixteen long-term care facilities have reported COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa.

A statement from Pearl Valley said they "continue to be diligent in our infection control procedures."

"We want you to know that Pearl Valley’s top priority has always been, and will remain, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff," said Justin Goldberg, LNHA Pearl Valley Operations.

A statement from Dallas County Health Department said the facility has notified residents and their families, and consistent with IDPH guidelines, the affected residents are in isolation. Pearl Valley staff are working closely with IDPH and Dallas County Health Department 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,” said Dallas County Health Department Director Suzanne Hegarty. “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.”

Goldberg added that Pearl Valley is following guidelines from IDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep patients and staff members safe.   "Our staff has been doing an exceptional job during these difficult times; they are true heroes," Goldberg said.   After Pearl Valley learned there were positive COVID-19 cases at the Perry Tyson plant, Goldberg said "we proactively tested any and all members of our staff who are affiliated with the plant in any way."   "After receiving some positive test results, we proceeded to test all residents and staff at our facility," he added.   Though privacy concerns prevent Pearl Valley from discussing specifics, Goldberg said "we are steadfastly committed to safely providing outstanding care and assistance to our residents."   As of Monday, April 27, there are 179 total cases of COVID-19 in Dallas County. The Dallas County Health Department said it continues to work closely with the IDPH and other state and local partners to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, including an interactive map with county, regional and long-term care outbreak information, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus. Find Dallas County-specific data and resources at https://dallas-county-coronavirus-response-geodallas.hub.arcgis.com/.