Couple hundred new COVID-19 cases in Iowa over weekend, new deaths in local counties

Henry and Washington Counties each saw one death due to COVID-19 this weekend.

Over the weekend, Iowa got closer to approaching 1,000 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide with 255 new cases since Friday.

As of Sunday, there are 83 new cases bringing the total to 868 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the state according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Locally, there are new cases in Southeast Iowa as well including two in Henry County and two in Washington County.

The new totals in Henry and Washington Counties are eight and 49 respectively. Washington County still has the fourth most cases of COVID-19 in the state behind Linn, Polk and Johnson Counties.

Sunday saw the most deaths in the state in one day with eight, including one in Washington County. The individual who died in Washington County was an older adult (aged 61-80.) Others were older adults and elderly adults (aged 81+) in Appanoose, Johnson, Polk, Linn and Scott Counties. The total number of deaths in Iowa is 22 as of Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday, Henry County had its first death due to COVID-19. The deceased individual was a middle-aged adult (aged 41-60.) Other individuals who died Saturday include older adults from Linn and Polk Counties. Saturday also saw new cases pop up in Washington and Jefferson Counties. Jefferson County’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases is three.

On Friday, Washington County identified seven new cases and Jefferson and Henry County both identified one new case each.

Currently, there have been a total of 9,973 negative COVID-19 tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygenic Lab and other labs.

More than 10% of all positive cases in Iowa are occurring among long-term care staff and residents according to the IDPH and more than 40% of all deaths in the state are associated with outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

Gov. Kim Reynolds will be holding a news conference on Monday at 11 a.m. opposed to her usual 2:30 p.m. time.

The public health department continues to recommend washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the elbow/upper arm and staying home when ill.