COVID-19 Outbreak at Bettendorf's Iowa Masonic Health Center

Jul 23, 2020

An entrance to Bettendorf's Iowa Masonic Health Center on Grant Street
Credit https://www.iowamasonic.org/health-care/ / Iowa Masonic Health Facilities & Masonic Village

Scott County is reporting its first outbreak of COVID-19 at a nursing home.

The county health department says the 14 cases are among residents and staff of Iowa Masonic Health Facilities in Bettendorf. 

Ed Rivers, Director of the Scott County Health Department, says an outbreak is defined as three or more cases of coronavirus in one long term care center. 

Iowa Masonic has notified residents and family members about the outbreak and is working with the health department to protect residents and staff at the 79-bed facility. No COVID-19 deaths have been reported in association with the Bettendorf Iowa Masonic care center. 

The Iowa Department of Public Health coronavirus website shows 21 outbreaks at long term care centers throughout the state, with 440 deaths and 146 recoveries. 

Screenshot of COVID-19 long term care center outbreaks in Rock Island County, IL as of 7/17/2020
Credit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-19 / Illinois Department of Public Health

By contrast, the Rock Island County Health Department has been reporting coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes and long term care centers since April. There have been 191 cases at ten locations, with 23 deaths. 

Data about COVID-19 cases at Illinois long term care centers include 3,974 deaths and a total of 23,607 cases. That number includes all positive test/cases at nursing homes, not just those where there have been outbreaks. That information is usually updated weekly HERE.