Meth-Wick Community Implementing Precautionary Measures Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Meth-Wick Community Implementing Precautionary Measures Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


June 4, 2020 – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) released Iowa Guidance on Phased Easing of Restrictions for Long-Term Care Facilities. They have outlined a three phase process of reopening.

Linn County is currently in Phase 2 and all Nursing Facilities are currently in Phase 1. Phase 1 is designed for vigilant infection control during periods of heightened virus spread in the community, which include factors such as staffing, hospital capacity, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and baseline testing.

It is important to understand facilities will be required to move backwards in phases based on positive cases. As a facility, we are required to fall back to Phase 1 when there is one positive case in the building. Yet, Linn County, if meeting their baseline, could still progress forward to the next Phase.

While we begin the process of working towards Phase Two there remains many questions about the requirements that must be answered in order to move forward with confidence.

Linn County’s website (see below) is utilized to track real time data.

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    • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 – The Fitness Zone reopened for staff and residents on Tuesday, May 26. It is open by appointment only, Monday-Friday, with fitness staff letting patrons in and out of the room. Only one person is allowed to exercise at a time, for a maximum of 45 minutes to ensure plenty of time for sanitizing between each person.
    • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 – Governor Reynolds announced re-openings during her press conference today. Effective Monday, May 18, the Hilltop Dining Room at The Manor will re-open. Specific guidelines have been put in place to help maintain a safe environment for both residents and staff. Contact Dining Services (297-8632) for more details. Please note: Hilltop Dining will be the only dining area that will re-open beginning Monday, May 18 and it will only open to Meth-Wick residents at this time. In addition, we are still restricting visitors from The Woodlands, Arbor Place and Custom Care.
    • Governor Reynolds is also allowing Beauty Shops to re-open with restrictions on operations; Meth-Wick beauticians will be responsible for establishing appointments. Meth-Wick will re-open The Manor on Monday, May 18 and Deer Ridge on Friday, May 15.
    • Effective Monday, April 27, 2020 – During her press conference today, Monday, April 27, the governor extended current restrictions for Linn County. Therefore, all current restrictions will remain in place at Meth-Wick through at least May 15.
    • Effective Friday, April 17, 2020 – New orders from the governor: in Region 6, which includes Linn County, Governor Reynolds has ordered stricter gathering rules. In accordance with these new rules, no groups of any size should be congregating in Meth-Wick common areas from April 17 through April 30.
    • Effective Thursday, April 2, 2020 – Iowa’s governor, Kim Reynolds, has extended the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until April 30th. This declaration extends closure dates for various businesses including, but not limited to, senior centers, beauty salons, restaurants, etc. through April 30, 2020 in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to monitor updates and make any necessary changes accordingly.
    • Effective Saturday, March 28, 2020 – In addition to our standard precautions, we have been instructed by Linn County Public Health to have all Woodlands staff wear protective masks at all times. This includes direct and non-direct care staff. So, if your loved one tells you all the staff are now wearing masks at all times, they are correct. This is one more step we are taking to help protect the residents while providing quality care.
    • Also, staff will continue to be screened when they come on shift and will also now be screened when they complete their shift. This screening will now include taking their temperature, testing their oxygen levels as well as screening for signs and symptoms of possible illness.
    • Effective Saturday, March 21, 2020 – The Linn County Department of Public Health held a press conference at 11:00 a.m., indicating the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Linn County. With this announcement, unless it’s an emergency, we ask all visitors refrain from visiting The Meth-Wick campus. We appreciate your consideration and understanding.
    • Effective Saturday, March 21, 2020 – Coffee and hot water will no longer be available in Manor Brew.
    • Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 – Meth-Wick’s Hilltop Dining Room at The Manor is closed. The kitchen remains open and the dining services staff led by Dianna Young, General Manager, has done an exceptional job switching us to meals delivered to each apartment in The Manor and on demand in the other living areas. Meth-Wick Community operates the dining room under a restaurant license in Linn County. Governor Kim Reynolds has announced tighter restrictions on public spaces including a ban on dining in at restaurants and the closing of various other recreational and fitness facilities to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This includes Meth-Wick’s fitness zone and other recreational areas on campus.
    • Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – We will be restricting non-resident visitors in The Manor. Individuals that live on the Meth-Wick campus will be considered resident visitors and will not be restricted at this time.
    • Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – We began restricting visitors at Arbor Place and Custom Care Assisted Living. This difficult decision has been made to protect both residents and staff and we appreciate your help in keeping everyone safe.
    • Effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 – The Center for Medicare and Medicaid issued new guidance for the nation’s nursing homes. These new guidelines included no visitors into the facility as well as group gatherings and communal dining restrictions. Meth-Wick thanks you for abiding by these restrictions. Effective immediately we will not be allowing any visitors in to The Woodlands. If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact Robin Mixdorf (297-8601 or

Non-resident visitors will be restricted from all common areas at The Manor. This will include but is not limited to Hilltop Dining, The Brew, The Key Club and all fitness areas.

Non-resident visitors will still be allowed to visit with their loved one in their living unit and still must go through the screening process at the front door.

Please share this information with your family and friends who plan to visit The Manor. If there are any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Robin Mixdorf at 297-8601 or

Additional Changes

The Hilltop dining room is now set up with social distancing. Tables and chairs have been placed in Live. Laugh. Learn to accommodate more space between diners. You will be receiving additional information directly from Dianna Young, Sodexo General Manager regarding dining at Greenwood Terrace and Deer Ridge. Please do not hesitate to contact Dianna at 297-8632 or

There is a great deal of news regarding the presumptive cases in Johnson County and about the potential spread and risks. This development triggers heightened infection control practice and protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Please know that maintaining the health, wellness and safety of our residents and staff is our number one priority.

Effective March 10, 2020, we will limit visitation in The Woodlands as recommended by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). Anyone entering the building will be screened daily and we have clear protocols for staff to stay home and not come to work if they are symptomatic.

Effective March 11, 2020 we will be screening anyone entering the building in our Assisted Living areas – Arbor Place and Custom Care. Everyone visiting The Manor will be asked to enter through the main door for screening.

We continue to monitor information and guidance from Iowa Department of Public Health, CDC, and CMS as well as working with local public health and emergency preparedness officials to prevent the spread of the illness and strengthen our preparation for a possible outbreak.

The Meth-Wick Community has many different living areas on campus and if you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at 365-9171. We continue to communicate with our residents directly and with responsible parties in our health care areas but are always happy to speak with you personally about your loved one.

Remember that you are a key partner in keeping our residents and staff healthy. This is also flu season in Iowa so focused attention on washing your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and of course, do not visit your loved one in any of the residences on campus if you feel sick.