Three deaths, 122 new COVID-19 cases in Iowa Saturday

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified Saturday of three deaths from COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 34, and an additional 122 positive cases for a total of 1,510 positive cases, including 37 positive cases in Dallas County. There have been an additional 1,057 negative tests for a total of 15,622 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, the three deaths included:

Crawford County, older adult (61-80 years)
Johnson County, elderly adult (81+)
Madison County, older adult (61-80 years)

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 122 individuals include:

Allamakee County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Benton County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Black Hawk County, 3 adults (18-40 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years)
Bremer County, 1 elderly adult (81+)
Buena Vista County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Clayton County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Clinton County, 4 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Dallas County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Delaware County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Henry County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Jefferson County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Johnson County, 7 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
Linn County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 4 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
Louisa County, 4 adults (18-40 years), 9 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Madison County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Marion County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Marshall County, 7 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Muscatine County, 8 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Polk County, 9 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 5 older adults (61-80 years)
Scott County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 5 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 6 older adults (61-80 years)
Tama County, 3 adults (18-40 years), 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Wapello County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Washington County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Woodbury County, 3 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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