MASON CITY – The state of Iowa has marked Mason City’s Good Shepherd nursing home a COVID-19 hotspot.
According to Iowa’s own coronavirus web site, here, Mason City’s Good Shepherd nursing home has at least 64 cases of Covid-19. Allegedly, 42 people have recovered.
Back in June, the care facility celebrated “100 days covid free” as reported by the Minnesota TV entertainment channel, KIMT. However, the state’s site for long-term care facilities with outbreaks seems to indicate there were cases well before June 22, when KIMT ran their celebratory story.
But things have gone dramatically sour ever since, apparently, as cases seem to be skyrocketing at Good Shepherd and at at least 16 other similar facilities in Iowa. Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have been notorious throughout the coronavirus pandemic as hot spots for outbreaks across the country, with many deaths reported at the virus took hold this year.
Local citizens are asking what is going on at Good Shepherd, are they taking precautions, and what is causing the outbreak other than a virus that is highly contagious. Elderly persons and persons with health issues can be the hardest hit by the disease, Covid-19, caused by the coronavirus. The disease can be fatal, but no deaths have yet been reported from Good Shepherd.