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Iowa reports 52 additional cases of COVID-19, two more deaths

By: - April 1, 2020 12:21 pm

The average daily number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Iowa is up 50% from two weeks ago, and up almost 67% from one week ago, according to the latest data from the New York Times and Washington Post.(Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Lab)

The Iowa Department of Public Health has identified 52 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19 for a total of 549 positive cases in the state.

The department also reported two additional deaths, both involving Iowans age 81 or older. One was a resident of Polk County and one was a resident of Washington County. A total of nine Iowans with COVID-19 have died as of Wednesday.

According to data on the state’s coronavirus website, 63 Iowans with COVID-19 were in hospitals on Wednesday; 303 people who have tested positive to date have never been hospitalized.

According to the the department, the locations and age ranges of the 52 newly identified individuals include:

  • Cerro Gordo County, one adult (18-40 years)
  • Clayton County, one elderly adult (81+ years)
  • Clinton County, one adult (18-40 years)
  • Dallas County, one adult (18-40 years); and one older adult (61-80 years)
  • Des Moines County, one middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Dubuque County, one middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Harrison County, one older adult (61-80 years)
  • Henry County, one adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Iowa County, one adult (18-40 years)
  • Jasper County, one middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Johnson County, one adult (18-40 years); one middle-age adult (41-60 years); and one older adult (61-80 years)
  • Linn County, two adults (18-40 years); and two middle-age adults (41-60 years)
  • Madison County, one older adult (61-80 years)
  • Mitchell County, two middle-age adults (41-60 years)
  • Muscatine County, one middle-age adult (41-60 years); and one older adult (61-80 years)
  • O’Brien County, one middle-age adult (41-60 years; and one older adult (61-80 years)
  • Polk County, one middle-age adult (41-60 years); three older adults (61-80 years); and one elderly (81+)
  • Pottawattamie County, one child (0-17 years)
  • Poweshiek County, one older adult (61-80 years)
  • Scott County, two middle-age adults (41-60 years); and one adult (18-40 years)
  • Story County, two older adults (61-80 years)
  • Tama County, one middle age adult (41-60 years); and two older adults (61-80 years)
  • Van Buren County, one older adult (61-80 years)
  • Warren County, one adult (18-40 years)
  • Washington County, one adult (18-40 years); five middle-age adults (41-60 years); two older adults (61-80 years); and one elderly adult (81+)

Late Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation extending the previously issued State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The proclamation extends until April 7 the governor’s order requiring bars and restaurants to limit alcoholic-beverage service to carry-out or delivery. It also gives county hospitals greater borrowing flexibility, permits electronic corporate annual meetings, and eases the certification requirements for law enforcement officers.

 

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.

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