DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday that she will provide $14 million in federal funds to Iowa’s long-term care centers to help them manage new outbreaks of the coronavirus at the facilities.
The federal virus relief money will pay for additional testing and staffing at the long-term care centers, and it comes at a time when Reynolds said another 20 facilities are dealing with outbreaks of the coronavirus. That means about a quarter of the state’s care homes now have outbreaks.
Infections at care centers can be especially devastating because older people are especially at risk of becoming seriously ill or dying of COVID-19. Reynolds noted that 74% of the people now being treated in hospitals for the virus are older than 60.
Reynolds said that “underscores the importance of taking measures to protect those most at risk whether due to age or underlying health conditions.”