DES MOINES, Iowa (KCAU) – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced there have been 146 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths, bringing the state total to 2,141 positive cases.
The new deaths were reported in:
- An older adult in Allamakee County
- An older adult in Linn County
- A middle aged adult in Louisa county
- An adult in Polk County
- An older adult in Polk County
- An elder adult in Polk County
- An elder adult in Tama County
This brings the state death toll to 60 Iowans.
Health officials stated that there are another two long-term care facility outbreaks at Linn Manor Care Center in Linn County and Lutheran Living Senior Campus in Muscatine County.
The IDPH has also confirmed that there are 175 Iowans hospitalized, with 84 in the ICU and 48 on ventilators. There have been 987 Iowans that have recovered from COVID-19.
There have been a total of 8,534 negative cases reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.
The CDC said that most COVID-19 illnesses are mild, but about 16% of cases are serious. Older people or those with underlying health conditions are most at risk of developing a serious illness.
Symptoms for the virus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. They occur 2-14 days after exposure. Anyone that develops the symptoms and has been in contact with some who has the virus or has recently traveled from where the virus is widespread is asked to see a doctor.
To help prevent the spread, people are asked to do the following:
- Wash their hands often
- Avoid close contact
- Stay home if sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Below are various health organizations with information on COVID-19.