Two deaths, 125 new COVID-19 cases revealed Thursday

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified Thursday of two deaths from COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 29, and an additional 125 positive cases for a total of 1,270 positive cases, including 36 positive cases in Dallas County. There have been an additional 882 negative tests for a total of 13,703 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, two deaths were reported:

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

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 125 individuals include:

Benton County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 2 middle age adults (41-60 years)
Black Hawk County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)
Boone County, 1 middle age adults (41-60 years)
Buchanan County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)
Cedar County, 1 middle age adults (41-60 years)
Cerro Gordo County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)
Chickasaw County, 1 middle age adults (41-60 years)
Clinton County, 1 child (0-17 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Dallas County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)
Dubuque County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 2 middle age adults (41-60 years)
Iowa County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Jasper County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)
Johnson County, 8 adults (18-40 years), 12 middle age adults (41-60 years), 4 older adults (61-80 years)
Jones County, 2 middle age adults (41-60 years)
Linn County, 1 child (0-17 years), 7 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle age adults (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80), 1 elderly adult (81+)
Louisa County, 4 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle age adults (41-60 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
Marshall County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Muscatine County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 6 middle age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
Polk County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 3 middle age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Scott County, 1 child (0-17 years), 6 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Story County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)
Tama County, 3 adults (18-40 years), 9 middle age adults (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years), 2 elderly adults (81+)
Washington County, 2 middle age adults (41-60 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
Winneshiek County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)
Woodbury County, 1 adult (18-40 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. Thursday.

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