Dear residents, staff, families and supporters,

Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community has remained vigilant in following regulations for testing residents and staff and requiring all visitors to screen in and wear a mask. Despite our best efforts, one resident has tested positive for COVID-19 on 1st Floor of Woodland Terrace. This resident was exposed to the virus by family members visiting.

There is currently NO visitation on 1st Floor of Woodland Terrace. Visitation will remain open for 2nd Floor Woodland Terrace, Evergreen Arbor, Aspen Cottage, Linden Place and Eichhorn Haus. Visitors to these areas MUST screen in at the kiosk and wear a mask.

All staff and residents are being tested Thursday, Sept. 16, and will be tested again twice next week.

This latest development highlights the importance for all visitors to wear a mask to protect their loved ones, along with the other residents and staff.

If anyone has questions or concerns please reach out and call 319-352-4540 or email us at If you need any special arrangements made for an outdoor visit, please contact Leisure Services at 319-352-4540. I continue to encourage everyone to be kind to each other during this difficult time here and in the world.

Paula Geise, RN, MSN, CEO

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