IDPH reports four deaths, 96 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified Wednesday of four deaths from COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 53, and an additional 96 positive cases for a total of 1,995 positive cases, including 38 positive cases in Dallas County.┬áThere have been additional 407 negative tests for a total of 17,874 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, 171 Iowans are currently hospitalized, and 908 have recovered.

The additional four deaths were reported in the following counties:

Allamakee County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Clayton County, 1 elderly adult (81+)
Johnson County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Polk County, 1 elderly adult (81+)

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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