Ten deaths, 181 new COVID-19 cases make Saturday virus toll

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified Wednesday of 10 deaths from COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 74, and an additional 181 positive cases for a total of 2,513 positive cases, including 45 positive cases in Dallas County.

There have been additional 974 negative tests for a total of 20,474 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. There are 193 cases currently hospitalized, and 1,095 Iowans have recovered.

According to IDPH, the 10 deaths were reported in the following counties:

Appanoose County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Linn County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 2 elderly adults (81+)
Louisa County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Muscatine County, 1 elderly adult (81+)
Polk County, 1 elderly adult (81+), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Tama County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)

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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