Six deaths, 189 new COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified Tuesday of six deaths from COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 49, and an additional 189 positive cases for a total of 1,899 positive cases, including 36 positive cases in Dallas County and 86 positive cases at the Tyson factory in Louisa County.

According to IDPH, an additional 6 deaths were also reported, 163 hospitalized, and 790 Iowans have recovered.

The six latest deaths were reported in the following counties:

Polk County, 1 adult (18-40)
Pottawattamie County, 1 older adult (61-80)
Linn County, 1 older adult (61-80), 1 middle-age adult (41-60)
Scott County, 1 elderly adult (81+)
Tama County, 1 elderly adult (81+)

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

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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