COVID-19 cases confirmed at Pearl Valley Rehabilitation in Perry
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.”