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2 more dead and 56 newly-confirmed coronavirus cases in Iowa

Confirmed-case count reaches 235 in Iowa
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Posted at 11:49 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 19:12:18-04

DES MOINES, Neb. (KMTV) — On Friday, the office of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds released a statement saying there have been two additional coronavirus-related deaths, 56 newly-confirmed cases and a 3,740 negative tests to date.

In a press conference, Governor Kim Reynolds defended her action to not enact a state-wide “shelter in place”

She said it starts to spread fear and impact the supply chain so she doesn’t think it’s in the best choice at this time.

Also at the governor’s daily news conference, state health officials explained that even if you receive a negative test, if you’re feeling ill, you should still stay home, saying it’s best to err on the side of caution.

The governor said the state is ten days into when they started seeing spread and taking actions. She hopes to see improvement relatively soon.

“We anticipated the numbers as we're testing more... the numbers of positive cases to rise. We think we'll probably see that through next week as well and hopefully as we get to the 31st or the timeline when we've started implementing some of those policies, we'll start to see that hopefully flatten."

The governor also says they’ve and people returning from spring break and they encourage people who traveled outside the state to self-isolate for 14 days to protect others.

The two Iowans who passed away included "one elderly adult (81+ years) from Poweshiek County and one older adult (61-80 years) from Allamakee County.

Overall, there have been 235 positive coronavirus cases in Iowa.

The governor's office released the following information about the new cases:

  • Benton County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Black Hawk County, 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
  • Butler County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Cedar County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Cerro Gordo County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Clinton County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Dallas County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
  • Dickinson County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Dubuque County, 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
  • Hardin County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Harrison County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Henry County, 1 elderly adult (81+)
  • Iowa County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Johnson County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 5 middle-age (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Linn County, 3 adults (18-40 years), 7 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Mahaska County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Monona County, 1 elderly adult (81+)
  • Marshall County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Montgomery County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Muscatine County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Page County, 1 older (61-80 years)
  • Polk County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Tama County, 1 elderly adult (81+)
  • Washington County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Webster County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Winneshiek County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Woodbury County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Wright County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)

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