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Dramatic Increase Of Covid Cases In Long Term Care Facilities

The latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health show a dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 outbreaks at the state’s long term care facilities. The numbers also reveal 19 more Iowans have died from COVID-19 and 3,860 new cases have been reported. The new numbers reflect testing reported on the IDPH’s COVID-19 website over the 24 hours between 10:00 a.m. Monday and 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. The newly reported positive cases and deaths may not have occurred during that time period, as the state has been adding backdated test results into the data. 

The data from the IDPH shows there have been 2,224 total deaths from the coronavirus in the state so far. Of those deaths, 1,008 were residents of long term care facilities. There are currently outbreaks at 143 long term care facilities in Iowa, which is an increase of 23 from the previous day. Both Sunnybrook Living Care Center with 5 cases and Parkview Care Center with 11 are listed on the IDPH site, as well as Van Buren County Health Care Center in Keosauqua with 28 positive cases, 19 of those are reported as recovered. Wapello County has been hit especially hard with 197 positive cases in 3 of its long term facilities. The Good Samaritan Society with 146 of those cases.  

On Tuesday it was reported that Jefferson County is at 389 active positive Covid cases. Region 5 Hospital Data showed that 36 covid patients were admitted in the last 24 hours compared to 29 on Monday. Only 21% of in-patient beds remain available, each “hospital bed” requiring 24 hour staffing. 4 additional fatalities came from Wapello County, that number rising to 83. 2 were over the age of 80, the other 2 over 60. 

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