COVID-19 Death Toll Hits Iowa's Elderly the Hardest

Dec 11, 2020

Courtesy of Siouxland District Health Department

One out of every thousand Iowans have died of COVID-19, according to a Des Moines Register analysis of Iowa Department of Public Health data. More than 90% of the people who died were 60 or older. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there were about 150,000 Iowans aged 80 or older before the pandemic. COVID-19 has killed more than 1% of them.

The department of health today reports another 77 COVID-19 deaths and an additional 2,057 confirmed cases. The state has had more than 274,000 thousand positive cases of COVID-19 and more than 3,000 deaths. Some of the deaths are from earlier in the pandemic as the state's numbers undergo methodology changes. Also, COVID-19 deaths can take up to a week to be reported on the state's Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website. There are 833 Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19.  For three-fourths of those patients, COVID-19 is the primary diagnosis.


Siouxland District Health says there have been 88 cases added to the total case count in the last 24 hours. Woodbury County is still experiencing significant community spread of COVID-19, and there are 66 hospitalizations related to the coronavirus in Siouxland. A press conference is scheduled for 1:30 PM, Monday, December 14, at the Security Institute at Western Iowa Tech Community College.  Officials from Siouxland District Health Department and Dakota County Health Department will be present to provide information related to COVID19 vaccine plans.