Friday’s virus totals: Two deaths, 118 new COVID-19 cases in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified Friday of two deaths from COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 31, and an additional 118 positive cases for a total of 1,388 positive cases, including 36 positive cases in Dallas County. There have been an additional 862 negative tests for a total of 14,565 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, two deaths were reported:

Linn County, 1 older adult (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 118 individuals include:

Allamakee County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60)
Black Hawk County, 6 adults (18-40 years), 7 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Cedar County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Clarke County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Clayton County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Clinton County, 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Dubuque County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Fayette County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Harrison County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Henry County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Jasper County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Johnson County, 1 child (0-17 years), 5 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Linn County, 3 adults (18-40 years), 4 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
Louisa County, 5 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years)
Marshall County, 2 adults (41-60 years)
Muscatine County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 8 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Osceola County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Polk County, 6 adults (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Pottawattamie County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Scott County, 3 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years, 1 elderly adult (81+)
Tama County, 4 adults (18-40 years), 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
Union County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Wapello County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Warren County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Washington County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Winnebago County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Woodbury County, 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years)

More than 10% of all positive cases in Iowa are occurring among long term care staff and residents. More than 40% 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.

The Iowa Department of Public Health and public health officials continue to work closely with Iowa’s long-term care associations and facilities, providing guidance for sick residents, transferring residents in need of care to hospitals, constantly monitoring the health of other residents and staff, and implementing additional infection prevention measures.

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.

The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at other labs and will soon provide additional information regarding hospitalization and recovery. Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold her next press conference at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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