IDPH lists Accura Healthcare of Milford as 'outbreak' site

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
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Accura Healthcare of Milford is one of 35 locations in the state currently listed as the location of a long-term care COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The state's online dashboard for novel coronavirus information lists 10 people who have been infected at the facility. One person has recovered.

The designation of an outbreak comes about two weeks after a staff member at the care center tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test came back May 31 and the affected staff member was removed from duties that same day. Lisa Toti, Accura's vice president of strategic and organizational engagement, said none of the local care facility's residents tested positive for the virus at the time.

"We understand the concern this may cause (families) and are committed to remaining in close communication with them to answer any questions or concerns they may have," Toti said at the time.

The state lists 1,194 positive tests associated with long-term care facilities. The count includes 349 deaths and 715 recoveries. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has encouraged long-term care facilities in the state to proactively test both staff and residents for the virus.

Accura Healthcare of Milford's COVID-19 mitigation efforts have included reinforced infection control, use of personal protective equipment, disinfection of high-traffic areas every half-hour and not permitting visitors of any kind in the building.

"We take the responsibility of protecting our residents and families very seriously and pray for an end of this pandemic and its harmful impact on our communities," Accura President and CEO Ted LeNeave said in a statement after the staff member was diagnosed. "We are extremely grateful for our amazing employees who are heroes in delivering care on the front lines of this pandemic."

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