Seven deaths, 77 new COVID-19 cases reported Sunday

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified Saturday of seven three deaths from COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 41, and an additional 77 positive cases for a total of 1,587 positive cases, including 37 positive cases in Dallas County. There have been an additional 383 negative tests for a total of 16,005 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, the seven deaths included:

Linn County, 2 older adults (61-80 years), 4 elderly adults (81+)
Washington County, 1 elderly adult (81+)

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 77 individuals include:

Benton County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Black Hawk County, 1 child (0-17 years), 1 adult (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years), 1 elderly (81+)
Buchanan County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Clinton County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Des Moines County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Dubuque County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
Jasper County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Johnson County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 7 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
Linn County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly (81+)
Louisa County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 5 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
Lyon County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Marshall County, 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years),
Muscatine County, 4 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Osceola County, 1 middle-age adult (18-40 years)
Polk County, 6 adults (18-40 years), 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years), 2 elderly adult (81+)
Scott County, 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80)
Tama County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Warren County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Washington County, 2 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.

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