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First deaths due to COVID-19 confirmed in Washington County

Death toll in state rises to six, Van Buren County has first positive case

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As of Monday at 12 p.m. there were 224 confirmed cases on COVID-19 in Iowa. Washington County officials reported the first two deaths related to the virus and 18 additional cases in the state were reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Photo courtesy of the Iowa Department of Public Health As of Monday at 12 p.m. there were 224 confirmed cases on COVID-19 in Iowa. Washington County officials reported the first two deaths related to the virus and 18 additional cases in the state were reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

WASHINGTON — Two deaths due to COVID-19 have been confirmed in Washington County according to Washington County Public Health officials.

A man, aged 61-80 years old and a woman, aged 81-100 years old, both had underlying health conditions and were confirmed as the first two deaths in the county on Monday morning.

“We wish to extend our sympathy to these individual’s families,” said Washington County Public Health Director Danielle Pettit-Majewski. “Washington County Public Health and all of our key partners throughout the county and state continue to work to limit the spread and impact of this virus in our communities.”

Cases in the state continue to climb as the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on its website Monday morning there were 424 confirmed cases. As of 12 p.m. Monday, Linn County had 71 cases, Johnson County 70, Polk County 61, Dallas County 21, Dubuque County 21 and Washington County 18. Henry County has three and Des Moines, Van Buren County and Keokuk County all have one a piece. So far none have been reported in Jefferson County.

As of Monday, 6,162 individuals tested negative for COVID-19 according to the IDPH. Of the reported cases, 150 are confirmed to be in adults 41-60; 132 cases in adults 61-80; 24 cases in adults 81 or older and five in children ages 0-17. Two-hundred twenty-seven of the reported cases are in women and 197 in men.

The death toll in the state has now climbed to six with 203 confirmed cases never requiring hospitalization, 51 currently being hospitalized and 23 discharged and recovering, according to the IDPH.