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COVID-19 cases top one in 10 in county

By Staff | Jan 3, 2021

Emmet County reported 1,022 cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday. Recoveries reached 826 cases. State-wide 1,121 new positive cases were reported by the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for a total in the state of 284,265. While the number of active infections has dipped below 200 after reaching a high of nearly 300 on Dec. 1, the 14-day positivity rate is continuing to climb. Saturday, Jan. 2, the county reported three new deaths for a total of 27 Emmet County residents who have died from COVID-19. In the long term care facilities, Good Samaritan Society had reported 84 cases total with 45 of those recovered. Pearl Valley Rehabilitation & Nursing reported 38 total cases as of Jan. 2 with 33 of those recovered. Valley Vue Care Center in Armstrong reports no positive cases since September, 2020. With Emmet County’s population estimates dip-ping below 10,000 in the latest count, with the 2020 U.S. Census results still pending, one in 10 Emmet County residents has now tested positive for COVID-19 with over 40 percent having tested. The COVID-19 vaccine has reached Emmet County with enough doses to vaccinate health care workers. Health officials do not yet have a date on which it will be available to the public