Facility in Wilton is 7th Iowa nursing home with COVID-19 outbreak

State officials say a seventh Iowa nursing home is the site of an outbreak of COVID-19.

Governor Kim Reynolds identified it this morning as the Wilton Retirement Community in Muscatine County.

“More than 10% of Iowa’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases and 49% of our deaths are related to long term care outbreaks,” Reynolds said.

“Today, the Department of Public Health is sending testing supplies to Wilton Retirement Center so that additional residents can be tested,” she added. “We are also sending an additional 900 tests to the Tyson plant in Louisa County, and this will be in addition to the 200 tests that were sent last week.”

According to federal records, the home has 34 beds and is run by a non-profit. The governor announced the recent deaths of four elderly Iowans in Allamakee, Clayton, Johnson, and Polk Counties were linked to COVID-19.

Fifty-three Iowans have died of the virus since March. Testing has identified nearly 2000 cases in the state.

This story originally appeared on the Voice of Muscatine. Read More local stories here.

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