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COVID-19 cases continue to rise

100 cases reported in Emmet County since Oct. 21, 2020

By Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer | Nov 8, 2020

Emmet County has reached over 500 cases of COVID-19 with the four cases reported Saturday bringing the county to a total of 501. The most recent 100 cases have happened in less than three weeks, with the 400th case reported Oct. 21. Recoveries numbered 344 as of Sunday, with active infections at 136. Over 3,000 Emmet County residents have been tested. Estherville Lincoln Central School District has a 2 percent infection rate in the district as a whole. The number of students quarantined went down from a high of 49 on Oct. 29 to 31 students on Friday, Nov. 6. The school reported three cases among its staff Oct. 30, with a reduction to two cases Friday. Four staff members are quarantined.

Hospitalizations in RMCC Region 3, of which Emmet County is part, reached 151 Saturday. Statewide, the number of Iowans hospitalized reached a high of 912, and stood at 901 Saturday. That represents a 22% increase in the COVID patient count in Iowa hospitals since Nov. 1.

Seventy-five of Region 3’s 398 ICU beds were available as of Saturday with 30 patients in ICU. Ten of the region’s 77 ventilators were in use. Three Emmet County residents were in the hospital with COVID-19 as of Friday.

Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds hosted a news conference pleading with Iowans to take additional steps to slow the spread of the virus in Iowa. Reynolds is launching a public awareness campaign.

“I need every Iowan doing their part to be part of the solution, so I’m going to do my part to ensure Iowa gets the message. Next week, we are launching a public awareness campaign that will be rolling out in newspapers across the state, and then on radio and on TV,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds asked health care professionals to address Iowans about the spike in hospitalizations. Dr. Hijinio Carreon, Chief Medial Officer with MercyOne Des Moines, stressed the need for Iowans to do their part to protect health care workers and wear a mask. UnityPoint Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Dave Williams said Iowa’s health care workers are exhausted.

When asked about a lack of new mitigation efforts in response to rising case numbers in the state, Reynolds said she was doubling down on asking Iowans to do their part.

“We want to get out there and remind Iowans that while you’re tired of it, and you’re just– you’re wanting to want it to be over, it’s not. It’s not over yet,” Reynolds said. “Help me, help your fellow Iowans. Do these very simple things that we’ve asked you to do.”