Five deaths, 648 new COVID-19 cases announced Saturday

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified Saturday of five deaths from COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 112, and an additional 648 positive cases for a total of 5,092 positive cases, including 130 cases in Dallas County.

According to IDPH the additional 5 deaths were reported in the following counties:

Black Hawk County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Johnson County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Polk County, 1 older adult (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
Scott County, 1 elderly adult (81+)

A previously identified case in Clinton County upon further investigation is a resident of Illinois.

Full COVID-19 case information can be found on the IDPH website, including county-level statistics.

About 50% of all deaths in Iowa are associated with outbreaks in long-term care facilities. This statistic underscores that COVID-19 poses the most risk for older adults above the age of 60 with chronic health conditions, resulting in more severe illness and death.

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided on the IDPH website. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

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