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COVID-19 POSITIVE CASES RISE IN TRI-STATE AREA (Update)

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As more testing for the novel corona virus takes place in Iowa, the number of both positive and negative cases is increasing.
Governor Kim Reynolds says Iowa now has over 200 positive cases.

OC……last evening. :18

Two more Iowans with COVID-19 passed away Thursday night, one elderly adult over 81 years old from Poweshiek County and one adult between 61-80 years old from Allamakee County.

This brings the total COVID-19 deaths in Iowa to three.

Officials say Nebraska’s total of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to 85 as of Friday evening.

The Nebraska Health and Human Services Department says 1,761 tests have come back negative.

The first and second deaths related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today.

The first death was a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions from Douglas County. He had contact with a known COVID-19 case out of state and had been self-isolated since March 11 at home, according to the Douglas County Health Department –

https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/latest-news.

The second death is a Hall County resident in her 60s with underlying health conditions who was recently hospitalized – https://cdhd.ne.gov/.

Because of state statutes, DHHS is not able to release names or other details about the two people.

“We send our condolences to both families,” said Dr. Gary Anthone, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS. “Unfortunately, from the beginning, we knew there would be deaths from COVID-19 in Nebraska and this underscores the potential seriousness of the disease and the importance of the measures we’re taking as individuals and as a state to help slow the spread of the virus.”

South Dakota health officials say 12 more people have tested positive for COVID-19.

The state has tallied 58 total positive tests for coronavirus.

Officials report that so far, 21 people who tested positive have recovered.

The state has processed almost 2,500 tests, with about 2% of those tests returning positive.

Minnehaha and Beadle counties have emerged as hotbeds of infections, with officials reporting a “substantial” amount of infections spreading through communities.

Updated 4:08pm 3/28/20