IDPH announces one death, 97 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified Wednesday of one death from COVID-19 and an additional 97 positive cases for a total of 1,145 positive cases, including 35 positive cases in Dallas County. There have been an additional 1,151 negative tests for a total of 12,821 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, an additional death was reported:

Linn County, 1 elderly adult (81+)

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 97 individuals include:

Allamakee County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Benton County, 1 child (0-17 years)
Black Hawk County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
Cedar County, 3 adults (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Clinton County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Crawford County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Harrison County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Henry County, 2 adults (18-40 years)
Johnson County, 10 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adult (61-80 years)
Linn County, 1 child (0-17 years), 4 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years), 2 elderly adults (81+)
Louisa County, 4 adults (18-40 years), 5 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Marshall County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Muscatine County, 4 adults (18-40 years), 5 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Polk County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 4 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Pottawattamie County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Scott County, 4 adults (18-40 years), 7 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Tama County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Warren County, 1 elderly adult (81+)
Washington County, 3 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Webster County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Woodbury County, 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
Worth County, 1 middle-age adult (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. Thursday.

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