Three deaths, 78 new COVID-19 cases announced Monday

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified Monday of three COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state total to 25. An additional 78 positive cases were identified for a total of 946 positive cases, including 35 positive cases in Dallas County. There have been an additional 680 negative tests for a total of 10,653 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, the three deaths reported were:

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

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 78 individuals include:

Allamakee County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Benton County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Cedar County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Cerro Gordo County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Chickasaw County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Clinton County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Crawford County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Dubuque County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Franklin County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Henry County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Jackson County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Johnson County, 5 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Linn County, 5 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
Louisa County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Marion County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Marshall County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Muscatine County, 5 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Page County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Polk County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Pottawattamie County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Scott County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 7 middle age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80), 1 elderly adult (81+)
Tama County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80), 3 elderly adults (81+)
Wapello County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Warren County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Washington County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80)
Winnebago County, 1 middle age adult (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.

The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at other labs and will soon provide additional information regarding hospitalization and recovery. Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold her next press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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