COVID-19 recovery for Guttenberg Care Center

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Note: The following news release was submitted by ABCM Corporation and addresses the COVID-19 outbreak at the Guttenberg Care Center and the current recovery status.

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As of Jan. 6, Guttenberg Care Center, owned and operated by ABCM Corporation, is confirming a total of 27 residents and 48 staff members have recovered from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Currently, there are not any residents or staff who are actively positive with the virus. Eagle Ridge Independent and Assisted Living is happy to report they have remained COVID free since the beginning of the pandemic. Due to privacy regulations, we cannot share further information.

Administrator Miranda Barnhart said, “Our most recent round of PCR testing was completed over the past two days to meet the testing requirements put forward by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).” Barnhart went on to say, “We will continue to test bi-weekly for all staff and residents. If these results continue to come back negative, we will be able to move out of outbreak status per state and federal guidelines.”

Staff will continue to be screened prior to the beginning and end of each shift, and residents and tenants are closely monitored throughout the day and night. All residents and staff will continue to be diligent with our precautions, test frequently including asymptomatic testing, and we will notify staff, residents, tenants, and family members of ongoing developments.

“The continued support, outreach, and thoughts from families, community professional partners, community members, and ABCM Corporation has been astounding. We extend a huge thanks to Dr. Michele Dikkers, Medical Director and all Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Clinics for their partnership, guidance, and support during these challenging weeks.” Barnhart went on to say, “We’d also like to thank Sarah Moser, of Clayton County Emergency Management, and the staff at Clayton County Visiting Nursing Association, for checking in often and making sure we had adequate supply of PPE and all staffing needs were met.”

“The families of our residents and tenants have been very supportive, understanding, and cooperative with the changes that have had to happen over the past several weeks, and for that, we are very grateful,” noted Barnhart. “It’s been a challenging few weeks, but the residents and staff have been great working with the transitions and are excited to see the facility recovering the from the outbreak and coming to an end. No one wants to go through an outbreak, but I could not be more proud of how the residents, tenants, and team handled the situation,” said Barnhart.

Guttenberg Care Center is one of 31 rehabilitation and long-term care centers owned and operated by ABCM Corporation in Iowa.

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