New Coronavirus Cases and Deaths Still Happening in Iowa
On Thursday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported 19 additional COVID-19 deaths and a further 412 confirmed cases.
The department says in Woodbury County, there have been 31 new cases added to the total case count in the last 24 hours. Woodbury County has a 14-day COVID-19 positivity rate of 6.4 percent, which was unchanged from yesterday.
Another Crawford County resident has succumbed to the novel coronavirus, according to state statistics.
As of 1 p.m. today, 7,687 people in Woodbury County had received both shots of a two-dose vaccine, while another 568 had received a single-dose vaccine, according to state statistics. That's roughly 8 percent of the county's population.
Governor Kim Reynolds says this week Iowa should vaccinate its one-millionth dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
With the expansion of priority groups in Iowa, more people are eligible to get COVID-19 vaccinations, including all Iowans age 65 or older —an age demographic most vulnerable to COVID-19 severe illness and death — and people in certain professions.
According to an annual report from researchers at the University of Iowa, black people in Iowa develop and die from cancer at higher rates than their neighbors. The mortality rate for cancer among Black people is more than 25% higher than it is for white people, according to the report.
Dr. Mary Charlton, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the UI's College of Public Health and one of the study's co-authors, says that the disparities result from structural racism.