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Many COVID-19 cases tied to care centers

In Sunday update, state says “taking all measures to protect at-risk population”

April 6, 2020
Estherville News

DES MOINES - As of Sunday, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) had been notified of 83 additional positive cases for a total of 868 positive cases. There have been an additional 519 negative tests for a total of 9,973 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. An additional 8 deaths were reported to IDPH.

More than 10 percent of all positive cases in Iowa are occurring among long term care staff and residents. More than 40 percent 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.

According to IDPH, an additional 8 deaths were also reported:

Appanoose County, 1 elderly adult (81+)

Johnson County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)

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

Linn County, 1 elderly adult (81+)

Scott County, 1 elderly adult (81+)

Washington County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH. 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 outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19.

NOTE: A case that was previously reported as a positive case in Pottawattamie County, upon further investigation, is a negative case and is removed from the case count.

Gov. Reynolds will hold a press conference today, Monday, April 6 at 11 a.m. The press conference will be livestreamed and posted in full on Governor Reynolds' Facebook Page.



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