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News 9.23.20: Coronavirus Surge in Northwest Iowa

Iowa Department of Public Health

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Iowa health officials are working to try and figure out what's causing a spike in coronavirus cases here in northwest Iowa.

Several counties are seeing a surge in new cases. Sioux County has a 14-day positivity rate of more than 30%.

Public health officials usually recommend significant mitigation measures to slow the spread when an area surpasses 5% positivity.

Neighboring Lyon and Osceola counties have rates above 20%.   Woodbury County is at 15.5% and has been above 15% all week.

Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds says there isn’t a specific reason for the outbreak. 

Credit Iowa Department of Public Health

Complications of COVID-19 have killed eight more people in Iowa.  There are more than 850 new positive cases statewide reported in the past 24-hours.

The number of positive tests statewide tops 82,000 and 1,293 have died since the start of the pandemic, including 63 in Woodbury County.  Another 73 have lost their lives in Siouxland due to the virus.  That includes 20 people in Plymouth County, a dozen in Buena Vista, ten in Emmet, nine in O’Brien, six in Dickinson, four in Lyon and Clay, Sioux County has three, there are two who have died in Cherokee and Pocahontas Counties and one in Monona County.  No deaths have been reported in Ida, Sac Osceola or Palo Alto Counties.  

Siouxland District Health is tracking 84 new cases of the novel coronavirus for 5,125 in all in Woodbury County.  There have been 2,166 cases in Dakota County with seven new cases logged today.

Credit Siouxland District Health Department

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