Record New COVID-19 Deaths in Iowa; More Hospitalizations
The number of Iowa residents dying from the coronavirus is quickly rising again after weeks of increasing hospitalizations and outbreaks at nursing homes. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 31 new deaths from the virus Wednesday, the most confirmed in a 24-hour period since the beginning of the pandemic. That does not mean that 31 people died in one day. The increase results from the fact that the state received 31 new reports of confirmed COVID—19 deaths through medical examiners and death certificates. Many of the deaths happened a few or several days ago.
And today the Siouxland District Health Department reported 29 new COVID-19 cases in Woodbury County. This brings the county's total number of positive cases up to 6,859.
The SDHD has reported three new virus-related deaths, bringing the county's death toll to 93.
Officials say these latest deaths involved one middle-aged male between 41 and 60, as well as one elderly male and one elderly female, both over the age of 81.
A total of 66 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Woodbury County. Forty-four of those are county residents.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will campaign in Sioux City on Thursday in support of U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican who is running for re-election.
The event will be held at 2:45 p.m. at 700 Pierce Street. Iowa 4th Congressional District republican candidate Randy Feenstra will also speak in support of Senator Ernst. The Sioux City event is one of three stops Reynolds will as part of the “On Duty for Joni" tour, with the others coming Thursday in Ankeny and Carroll.