Woodbury County confirms 37th COVID-19 death

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Health officials confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death from the virus in Woodbury County, Wednesday.

As of this writing, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports 2,786 total positive virus cases in Woodbury County. That total includes 1,867 recoveries.

In the last 24 hours, 136 new recoveries were tallied by the Siouxland District Health Department.

The Siouxland District Health Department, (SDHD) is reporting a total of 37 COVID-19 deaths. The death reported Wednesday was a man between the ages of 41 and 60.

SDHD also reports a countywide total of 227 coronavirus hospitalizations.

Total hospitalizations are cumulative and include 157 patients who have been discharged.

Courtesy, SDHD

Test Availability

For those that have expressed concerns about the availability of COVID-19 testing due to the state’s Test Iowa site leaving Sioux City, SDHD reminds locals the vast majority of the testing that has occurred in Woodbury County has been done by local medical providers and community testing sites.

Test Iowa did a very small percentage of testing while in the community, so the impact of losing the site should be minimal, according to the health department. There will continue to be adequate testing to meet the demand moving forward.

Anyone that needs a test can contact their medical provider who can order the test, or if you don’t have a healthcare provider, you can call Siouxland Community Health Center.

Test Reporting

SDHD acknowledged they have reported a smaller number of tests recently, especially Wednesday.

Health officials said many local tests are done at Lab Corp in Dallas which fell behind due to protests that affected staffing in the city.

While results have been delayed, SDHD expects to report test numbers that more accurately reflect the community’s testing efforts in the coming days.

SDHD announced on May 19 that the IDPH COVID-19 dashboard will update in real-time and some data points won’t match between the health departments because they may be utilizing different sources.

The numbers SDHD releases in the morning reflect what was reported to them through midnight the previous day.

Detailed demographic information and updated case numbers can be found on IDPH’s COVID-19 Case Counts Dashboard.

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