Ten more Iowans have died of COVID-19, state officials report

    A health care professional wears a face shield at a coronavirus testing site in Landover, Maryland, on March 30, 2020. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Ten more Iowans have died of COVID-19 and an additional 225 have been infected, the Iowa Department of Health reported on Saturday.

    That brings the statewide death toll to 346, and the total number of infections to 14,328.

    Saturday’s 225 newly confirmed infections represents a sharp decrease from the previous day’s total of 361, but the drop coincided with a reported decrease in testing, which fell from 4,279 to 2,746.

    The eight counties hit hardest by the virus, on a per capita basis, have been Louisa, Woodbury, Tama, Crawford, Marshall, Muscatine, Black Hawk and Wapello. All of those counties have had at least 1,000 confirmed cases for every 100,000 residents.

    As of Saturday, there had been 36 confirmed outbreaks in Iowa’s long-term care facilities, where 1,341 cases have been confirmed among staff and residents.

    About 88 percent of the Iowans who have did of COVID-19 are 61 years of age or older.

    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.