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Iowa announces 52 more positive COVID-19 cases, two more deaths

Posted at 11:22 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 19:18:24-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (KMTV) - There are 549 confirmed coronavirus cases and nine coronavirus-related deaths in Iowa, state officials announced Wednesday.

State officials announced 52 new cases and two new deaths related to the virus. The latest deaths are an elderly adult (81+) in Polk County and an elderly adult (81+) in Washington County.

During an afternoon briefing, Governor Kim Reynolds commented on peak-projection models. Right now, the state projects a COVID-19 peak around mid to late April.

“It's a projection based on the assumptions we're putting in,” said Reynolds. “It's really to help us to kind of monitor what we think will be the peak so that we can, again, find out to make sure where the hot spots are at...to make sure the hospitals in that region have the supplies and the equipment they need...and the workforce and how we can collaborate, mitigate and prepare, not overwhelm and hopefully prevent a surge."

The Governor added that some predictions out there about COVID-19 spread in Iowa don’t take into consideration the school and non-essential business closures.

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 52 new cases announced Wednesday include:

  • Cerro Gordo County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Clayton County, 1 elderly adult (81+)
  • Clinton County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Dallas County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Des Moines County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Dubuque County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Harrison County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Henry County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Iowa County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Jasper County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Johnson County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Linn County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
  • Madison County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Mitchell County, 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
  • Muscatine County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • O’Brien County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Polk County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly (81+)
  • Pottawattamie County, 1 child (0-17 years)
  • Poweshiek County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Scott County, 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Story County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Tama County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Van Buren County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Warren County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Washington County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 5 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)

There have been a total of 7,304 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here [lnks.gd]. In addition, 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.