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.

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.”

As of today, April 27, 2020, there are 179 total cases of COVID-19 in Dallas County. The Dallas County Health Department continues to work closely with the IDPH and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing 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/.