Prairie View Campus in Sanborn

Fourteen cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed at Prairie View Campus in Sanborn as of Monday, Aug. 3. It is the third long-term care facility in N'West Iowa to report an outbreak of the virus. 

SANBORN—Public-health officials confirmed 14 confirmed coronavirus cases at Prairie View Campus in Sanborn Monday afternoon, Aug. 3, the third such facility in N’West Iowa to report an outbreak of the virus.

“We are in contact with our families and are doing everything they can to support them,” according to a statement from Prairie View Campus. “We are also doing everything we can to ensure we stop the spread of this within our facility and have activated our emergency response procedures.”

The campus includes a nursing home, an assisted living facility and an independent living apartment complex.

The facility has notified residents and their families and the affected residents are in isolation, according to the O’Brien County Public Health, which is working with the facility staff.

“Our staff and residents are following the recommended preventative actions, we have restricted visitors from entering our facility and cancelled all group activities within the building until the virus has been eradicated,” according to the facility’s statement.

An outbreak occurs when three or more residents at a facility test positive for the virus, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

There are 135 total cases of COVID-19 in O’Brien County as of Monday afternoon.

O’Brien County Public Health encourages people to avoid the spread of the virus by taking the following actions:

  • Practice social distancing.
  • Stay away from gatherings of people.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and others.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, elbow or upper arm
  • Stay home when ill, even if mildly ill.
  • Consider wearing a mask if you will be in close proximity to others.
  • Perform routine cleaning.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches and countertops with the cleaners typically used.