State sees 28 counties add positive tests in 24 hours

Deaths reach three in the state with two Thursday night

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 56 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 235 positive cases. There have been a total of 3,740 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. 

The Thursday positives from the state account for 28 different counties around Iowa. The state also saw two more deaths for a total of three to date as of Friday. The state on Friday had 970 tests available.

According to IDPH, two Iowans with COVID-19 passed away last night, one elderly adult (81+ years) from Poweshiek County and one older adult (61-80 years) from Allamakee County. This brings the total COVID-19 deaths in Iowa to three.

At Friday’s press conference Gov. Kim Reynolds talked with emotion about getting the people of Iowa back to work. At one point the Governor spoke in a broken voice as she talked about the resiliency of the Iowa people. The Governor has been conducting press conferences via her Facebook page and YouTube three to four times per week to update Iowans on the state’s activities and plans.

Several reporters pressed the issue of a shelter in place order, but Reynolds said the data doesn’t support a shelter in place. She said that some hospitals are even asking her to not implement the order.

“We have to make sure we are taking every possible action to preserve PPE (personal protective equipment) and and we have all hands on deck to meet the needs of our health care providers and first responders,” Reynolds said.

“I also have hospitals that have sent letters that don’t want a shelter in place, saying that would only exacerbate what we are trying do. So there are people on both sides of the issue.”

Reynolds said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated this morning that he wished he hadn’t issued the order.

Reynolds continues to hold the line that Iowans don’t need an order to know what is right.

“I believe Iowans don’t need an order. I believe they know what to do,” she said.

“It’s not consistent across the state, we have taken measures all along that are based on data the Department of Public Health has provided to me in coordination with CDC. And I will continue to operate in that manner so I’m not just reacting to things.”

Dr. Ann Lebo, the state’s new director of the Department of Education, said she has convened a continuous learning task force on Wednesday focusing on pathways to provide schools with resources for online and distance learning during the state’s emergency and said guidance on that would be going out Friday.

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 56 individuals include:

  • 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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