Northwest Iowa — Due to fears of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, several nursing homes in northwest Iowa are temporarily closing to visitors or are restricting visitors in some way.
The following is a partial list, and the policy in effect at each facility is different:
Prairie Ridge Care Center and Landsmeer Ridge in Orange City have restricted visits to immediate family members only
Whispering Heights in Rock Valley has restricted visits to immediate family members only.
Rock Rapids Health Center is not allowing any visitors, including family members.
Lyon Specialty Care in Rock Rapids — restricting building access to non-essential visitors. Only immediate family, who have a critical need to visit a loved one will be allowed into the building on a case-by-case basis, now through March 31.
Good Samaritan in LeMars is not allowing any visitors, including family members.
Pleasant Acres in Hull is not allowing any visitors, including family members.
Pearl Valley Rehab in Sutherland, Primghar, and Lake Park is not allowing any visitors, including family members.
Royale Meadows is still allowing visitors and will reevaluate tomorrow.
Sanford Sheldon Senior Care — only those who need to enter the facilities such as employees and essential personnel will be allowed to do so at this time. Sanford is working with families with critical needs on a case-by-case basis.
There may be more. If you commonly visit nursing homes, it might be a good idea to call ahead. This is a developing story, which will be updated as we get more information.