Winter is here – and so is winter illness. In an effort to protect both the community and it’s patients, Pella Regional Health Center is asking us to keep visitors under the age of 18 out of the hospital facilities due to the widespread outbreak of the flu virus throughout the carea. These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. Of course young people needing treatment are not included in these restrictions, but anyone age 18 and over who is experiencing a runny nose, sore throat, fever, cough, vomiting, diarrhea or any other illness is also encouraged to not visit patients. All visitors to Pella Regional Health Center should properly disinfect their hands by washing with soap and water or using sanitizing gel when entering and leaving the facilities in order to prevent the spread of the flu virus.
The cause of a fatal plane crash in Mahaska County on Saturday, Dec. 23rd is still under investigation according to officials. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating the crash of the single engine, two-seat light sport airplane that took the life of 70-year-old Bruce Gene Devick of Marshalltown on Saturday afternoon. An official from the NTSB said a preliminary report should be available in about 10 days. Results of the preliminary investigation indicate that the aircraft struck a power line causing it to crash to the ground; officials would not speculate as to why the aircraft was flying that low.