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Covid-19 Updates: April 1

The Covid-19 break out at Blair’s Carter House Assisted Living has prompted the transfer of all residents to other facilities and self-quarantining for the staff. This, according to Three Rivers Public Health Department.

Director Terra Uhing. in a news conference yesterday at Blair City Hall, says the building needed to be totally empty in order to decontaminate the facility. She was unable to disclose publicly where those residents have been moved due to privacy laws. Family members, however, have been notified.

At last report, 19 people in Washington County are confirmed to have the Coronavirus, two of those had recently traveled and are self isolated at home, two others are health care workers at Carter House who reside in another health department jurisdiction, the remainder are residents and staff from the Carter House.

Stemming from that outbreak at Carter House, four Blair Volunteer Fire and Rescue team members are self-quarantined after contact with a resident during a call to the facility. So far, Uhing says, no symptoms of Coronavirus are noted.

A fourth death from Covid-19 in Nebraska: a Buffalo county man in his 90’s succumbed to the virus yesterday. Meanwhile, Iowa health officials say a Muscatine County man between the ages of 41 and 60 has died from the virus as well.

Many of us may have cabin fever while sheltering at home from the virus. With all the serious news, we may have some anxiety, depression or feeling edgy. Crossroads of Western Iowa provides a link on mental health. You can find it on their Facebook page or by going to their website,, and visiting their News and Events, Covid-19 Updates page.

- reported by Connie Green.

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