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Northwest Iowa sees further reduction in long-term care outbreaks
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Northwest Iowa sees further reduction in long-term care outbreaks

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This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. 

SIOUX CITY -- The number of residents of Northwest Iowa long-term care facilities suffering from COVID-19 has continued to decline. 

As of Saturday, 13 facilities in the region were reporting outbreaks. This is down from 18 a week ago and two dozen a week before that. In six counties in the region there are no facilities suffering any known outbreaks, according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health

Statewide, 90 long-term care facilities are currently suffering outbreaks, compared to 104 a week ago and 125 a week before that. 

COVID-19 vaccinations at long-term care facilities in Iowa began more than a week and a half ago. Residents at these facilities are among those at highest risk for poor outcomes if they are infected with the virus -- 1,679 of Iowa's 4,127 deaths attributed to the virus were residents of long-term care facilities. 

The following long-term care facilities in Northwest Iowa are currently dealing with outbreaks, according to IDPH data: 

-- At the Sunrise Retirement Community in Sioux City, 24 have tested positive. Of these, five are considered recovered. 

-- At Pioneer Valley Living and Rehab in Sergeant Bluff, 11 have tested positive. Of these, three are considered recovered. 

-- At Accura Healthcare of Le Mars, 30 have tested positive. Of these, 22 are considered recovered. 

-- At Akron Care Center in Akron, one person has tested positive. This individual is not yet considered recovered. 

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-- At the Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley, one person has tested positive. This individual is not yet considered recovered. 

-- At the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City, five have tested positive. None of these are yet considered recovered. 

-- At Royale Meadows in Sioux Center, 36 have tested positive. Of these, 15 are considered recovered. 

-- At the Heartland Care Center in Marcus, 12 have tested positive. Of these, five are considered recovered. 

-- At the Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, 10 have considered recovered. Of these, eight are considered recovered. 

-- At the St. Luke Lutheran Nursing Home in Spencer, three have tested positive. None of these are yet considered recovered. 

-- At Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake, 42 have tested positive. Of these, 11 are considered recovered. 

-- At the Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison, 41 have tested positive. Of these, 19 are considered recovered. 

-- At Manilla Manor in Manilla, 32 have tested positive. Of these, one individual is considered recovered. 

Previously reported outbreaks at other facilities have apparently resolved. 

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