New COVID-19 outbreaks in 20 Iowa long-term care facilities


DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Public Health is adding more long term care facilities to a list of those with COVID-19 outbreaks...

"An additional 20 long-term care facilities outbreaks will be reported. That will bring the total number of active outbreaks long-term care outbreaks to 114" says Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

A long-term care facility is considered to have an outbreak if three or more residents test positive for COVID-19.

During a Thursday morning news conference, Reynolds also said the state will direct federal funds to those facilities.

"$14 million of CARES Act funding will be allocated to Iowa's long-term care facilities to assist with the increased costs related to testing and staffing" she says.

The state's coronavirus website says more than 2,800 people in long-term care facilities are positive for the virus.

It says more than half of them are over the age of 70.