CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Governor Kim Reynolds said Monday that 21 new confirmed cases of COVID-19/coronavirus are in one long term care center in Cedar Rapids. She said its unknown how many of the 21 cases involve residents or staff at Heritage Specialty Care.
The "outbreak" at the center occurred after it previously had four confirmed cases involving residents, and two among staff members. Heritage Specialty Care now accounts for a little less than one-in three cases - 30 percent - of COVID-19 in Linn County, which leads the state with 71.
The 21 cases at the center also account for almost one-fourth of the 88 new cases reported Monday by the state. Care Initiatives, the parent company of Heritage Specialty Care, has not commented the outbreak.
Governor Reynolds has ordered staff screening and temperature checks at every health facility across the state.