ELC releases new district COVID dashboard
The Estherville Lincoln Central School District has developed a new COVID-19 dashboard specific to the district. The dashboard is part of the district’s website and is located at covid.elc-csd.org. The dashboard includes information on the inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE), student and staff absences, students and staff in quarantine, and positive cases.
Over the past week, Emmet County has had three more deaths from Coronavirus and moved past 400 cases, with a total of 428 positive tests as of Sunday. Emmet County reached its 300th case Oct. 6. The county marked 280 cases recovered. There are currently 130 active infections, down slightly from the high Oct. 22 of 139.
Surrounding counties’ death count is somewhat lower than Emmet County’s: Dickinson County has had seven deaths, Clay County has had four, Palo Alto and Pocahontas have had two each, Buena Vista has had 12, Humboldt has had three and Kossuth County has not had any deaths from COVID-19. The outbreak at the Good Samaritan Society in Estherville accounts for 50 of Emmet County’s cases. Thirty of those are listed as recovered.
As of Sunday, Emmet County’s rolling positivity rate was 28.26 percent, while the 24-hour positivity rate is 14.81 percent.
The state had 238 new cases and 2.8 deaths per 100,000 population last week, which were each about double the national average. Iowa is now ranked eighth in cases and sixth in deaths among 50 states and the District of Columbia. The highest cases per capita ahead of Iowa are North Dakota, South Dakota, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. In the past week, Iowa has had its highest number of hospitalizations with COVID-19 with 534 people hospitalized. Iowa is 31st in population among the 50 states.
The ELC dashboard is another way to track the virus spread and make decisions about where and how to send children to school, report to work, or attend an activity or event.