Iowa Coronavirus (COVID-19) update for Sunday, Oct. 18 2020: Hospitalizations up again; 9 more cases in Cass Co.


October 18th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports, as of this (Sunday) morning (6-a.m.), there are 605 more positive test results for COVID-19 statewide, for a total of 106, 752 since the beginning of the pandemic. Cass County reports NINE new cases since Saturday, for a total of 293. The number of deaths across the state that have been attributed to the virus, is up two this morning, to 1,528, with one more death being reported in Harrison County, where the total is 8 since the start of the pandemic. Of the deaths statewide, officials say 1,026 of those individuals had a pre-existing health condition.

New, Positive COVID-19 cases in our area, include: 31 in Pottawattamie County; five in Shelby County; four in Harrison County; 3 each in Adams, Mills and Union Counties; 2 each in Adair and Guthrie Counties, and one more case in both Madison and Audubon Counties.

There have been 897,543 Iowans tested for the virus, to date. The IDPH says 4,884 test results have been returned since 10-a.m. Saturday, with 4,234 coming back Negative, and 629 Positive. The total number of Negatives results to date, is 789,168. The Individual positivity rate is 11.9%, while the 14-day rolling average is 9.6%.  Hospitalizations are up again, after having fallen in yesterday’s report. The number of Iowans hospitalized with the virus, is 475, compared to 461 on Saturday. ICU stats are up, too, from 104 Saturday, to 108 today. There have been 84 Iowans with COVID-19 symptoms admitted to hospitals around the state since the last report, and 45 patients on a ventilator, compared to 46 yesterday.

The IDPH says there are: 34 people are in hospital across western/southwest Iowa, compared to 28 yesterday; eight people are being treated for COVID-19 in an ICU, compared to nine previously; five people have been admitted to a hospital (Compared to three Saturday), and one person remains on a ventilator. Long-Term Care facility outbreaks are up slightly, from 63 yesterday, to 64 today. Officials say: there are 1,564 positive cases among staff and patients at those facilities; 631 staff/patients have recovered from the virus, and there have been 768 deaths since the pandemic began.

In the KJAN listening area, here are the current number positive cases in each county, along with the 24-hour change in case numbers {+#}; the number of persons recovered, and the total number of [deaths] (if any), since the pandemic began,

  • Cass, 293 cases {+9}; 222 recovered; 2 deaths
  • Adair, 122 {+2}; 64; 1
  • Adams, 66 {+3}; 35; 0
  • Audubon, 128 {+1}; 59; 1
  • Guthrie, 360 {+2); 223; 14
  • Harrison County, 551 {+4}; 192; 8
  • Madison County, 336 {+1}; 206; 2
  • Mills County, 326 {+3}; 173; 1
  • Montgomery, 150; 119; 5
  • Pottawattamie County, 2,931 {+31}; 2,129; 43
  • Shelby County, 340 {+5}; 298; 1
  • Union County,  208 {+3}; 175; 3