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Iowa COVID-19 update for Oct. 17, 2020: 15 more cases in Cass County; 1,595+ new cases statewide; 5 deaths


October 17th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The State of Iowa’s Coronavirus dashboard indicates that from 10-a.m. Friday thru 10-a.m. today (Saturday), there were 1,597 new, positive test results for COVID-19 returned from the labs, for a total of 106,147. There are also five more deaths, for a total of 1,526. One more death was reported to have occurred in Pottawattamie County, for a total of 44 since the pandemic began. The IDPH says 1,022 of the total deaths are being attributed to a preexisting condition.

There are 15 more positive case of the virus in Cass County, for a total of 282. Across the KJAN listening area, there are: 88 more, positive cases in Pottawattamie County; 14 more in Harrison County; 10 new cases in Mills County; six in Madison County; and five in Shelby County, and under five in each of Adair, Adams, Audubon, Guthrie, Montgomery and Union Counties. (See the data below)

There have been a total of 894,073 Iowans tested for COVID-19 to-date, with 786,317 total Negative results. There have been 7,144 results received since 10-a.m. Friday, with 6,171 of those Negative, and 965 Positive. Officials say 11.9% of persons tested had a positive test result.  Iowans who have recovered from the virus number 81,472. The state reports 15 Iowa counties with a positivity rate greater than 15% over the last 14 days. Public schools in Harrison, Sioux, Delaware, Monroe, Carroll, Taylor, Plymouth, Osceola, Emmet, Crawford, Lyon, Decatur, Woodbury, Humboldt and O’Brien counties can apply for a waiver to provide 100% virtual learning. Harrison, Sioux and Delaware counties report a positivity rate greater than 20%.

COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped slightly for a second day after Iowa set records several days over the last week. There are 461 patients hospitalized with coronavirus, down from 468 the previous day. There are 104 patients listed in intensive care, down from 105 the previous day. There were 55 patients admitted in the last 24 hours, down from 66 the previous day. There are currently 46 patients on ventilators, down from 48 the previous day. Western/Southwest Iowa hospitals report 28 people hospitalized, nine are in an ICU, three were admitted to a hospital, and one individual is on a ventilator.

There are 63 Long-Term Care (LTC) facility outbreaks in Iowa (2 more than reported Friday), with 1,512 positive cases of COVID-19 among the patients and staff at those facilities. LTC facilities also report 626 persons have recovered, and there have been 767 deaths since the outbreak 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, 282 cases {+15}; 218 recovered; 2 deaths
  • Adair, 120 {+2}; 64; 1
  • Adams, 63 {+3}; 34; 0
  • Audubon, 127 {+2}; 59; 1
  • Guthrie, 358 {+3); 223; 14
  • Harrison County, 547 {+14}; 190; 7
  • Madison County, 335 {+6}; 205; 2
  • Mills County, 323 {+10}; 171; 1
  • Montgomery, 150 {+4}; 119; 5
  • Pottawattamie County, 2,900 {+88}; 2,088; 44
  • Shelby County, 335 {+5}; 294; 1
  • Union County,  205 {+2}; 175; 3