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IOWA HEALTH OFFICIALS CONCERNED OVER CARE FACILITY COMMUNITY SPREAD

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As Iowa’s number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to rise, the state’s Department of Public Health is focusing concern on nursing homes and other long term care facilities.

The Public Health Department says more than 10% of all positive cases in Iowa are occurring among long term care staff and residents and more than 40% of all deaths in the state are associated with outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

That underscores COVID-19 posing the most risk for older adults above the age of 60 with chronic health conditions, resulting in more severe illness and death.

Sunday an additional 8 deaths were reported, with 4 victims age 61-80 and 4 aged 81 or older.

That brings Iowa’s COVID-19 death toll to 22 including three on Saturday, doubling the previous number as of last Friday.

There were 83 additional positive cases reported Sunday for a total of 868 positive cases.

There were an additional 519 negative tests for a total of 9,973 negative tests to date.

According to IDPH,

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)

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 83 individuals include:

Allamakee County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Benton County, 2 middle-age (41-60 years)
Black Hawk, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-age (41-60 years)
Boone County, 1 middle-age (41-60)
Buchanan County, 2 adults (18-40 years)
Cedar County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Clarke County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Clayton County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Clinton County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Dallas County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Hamilton County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Henry County, 2 elderly adults (81+)
Johnson County, 7 adults (18-40 years), 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
Jones County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Linn County***, 3 adults (18-40 years), 8 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 4 older adults (61-80 years), 7 elderly adults (81+),
Louisa County, 1 elderly adult (81+), 4 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
Muscatine County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Plymouth County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Polk County, 3 adults (18-40 years), 8 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Scott County, 3 adults (18-40 years)
Shelby County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Tama County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Warren County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Washington County, 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)

***70 of Linn County’s 161 positive cases (43%) can be attributed to an outbreak at a long-term care facility.

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.