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Two additional deaths in Iowa, state at over 400 cases of COVID-19

IA Gov. Kim Reynolds provides update
Posted at 11:27 AM, Mar 30, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Monday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds gave an update on the state’s response to the growing number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

She said there are 88 new cases in the state, the highest daily total yet, as more testing is being done.

An outbreak has occurred at a long-term care facility in Cedar Rapids. Of the 71 cases in that county, 21 are related to the outbreak.

Reynolds reminded Iowans the current status of the pandemic “is the new normal” and as more testing becomes available, the numbers are going to rise.

Reynolds also said she feels comfortable with not raising the state’s order to shelter in place. She does not want to create fear and impact the supply chains while making a panic.

Earlier in the day, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that it had been notified of 88 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, and reported two additional deaths because of the virus.

These new cases bring the state's total to 424 positive cases, six of which have been fatal.

According to IDPH, two Iowans with COVID-19 passed away Sunday night. Both were elderly adults 81 years of age older, one from Linn County and the other from Washington County.

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 88 new positive cases include:

  • Audubon County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Benton County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
  • Cedar County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Cerro Gordo County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Clinton County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Crawford County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Dallas County, 3 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Dubuque County, 3 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years),
  • Guthrie County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Iowa County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Jackson County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Jasper County, 1 elderly adult (81+)
  • Johnson County, 2 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Jones County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Linn County, 9 adults (18-40 years), 8 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 6 older adults (61-80 years), 6 elderly adults (81+)
  • Monona County, 1 child (0-17 years), 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Muscatine County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Polk County, 2 children (0-17 years), 2 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Scott County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 2 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Shelby County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Tama County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Van Buren County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Washington County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 3 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)

There have been a total of 6,162 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.