Iowa COVID-19 update for 11/21/20: 32 additional deaths; 3,627 new cases


November 21st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s Coronavirus dashboard today (as of 10-a.m. Saturday), shows 32 additional deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 since Friday’s 10-a.m. report, for a total of 2,159. The number of deaths attributed to a pre-existing conditions statewide are 1,301, while deaths at Long-Term Care facilities amount to 993, 11 more than on Friday. There is one more death to report in Harrison County (total of 27) and two more in Pottawattamie County (total of 64).

Officials say there have been 3,627 new confirmed, Positive cases of the virus reported since yesterday, for a total since the pandemic began, of 206,660. Cass County now has 12 new, Positive cases of COVID, for a total of 718. Double-digit Positive case increases were reported in Adair, Guthrie, Harrison, Madison, Mills, and Union Counties, and 139 more cases in Pottawattamie County. (See the list below)

There are 3 additional Long-Term Care facility (LTC) outbreaks, for a total of 120. Those care facilities report 4,369 positive cases and 1,905 recovered. Cass County’s three LTC facilities have a total of 195 confirmed positive cases and 104 recovered. Harrison County has two LTC facility outbreaks, for a total of 213 confirmed positive cases and 173 recovered. In Pottawattamie County, there are 177 outbreaks among three LTC facilities, with 66 recovered. And, in Shelby County, there are 116 outbreaks among two facilities and 18 persons have recovered.

The health department reports a another drop in virus hospitalizations. There are currently 1,416 Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19. There are 273 COVID patients in an ICU, while 200 people were admitted since Friday. There are also 137 on a ventilator. Hospital analysis shows 1,041 patients are hospitalized due to a primary COVID-19 diagnosis while 375 were hospitalized for another reason but tested positive. Health department data shows 76% of Iowa’s hospitalized patients are 60 or older. In western/southwestern Iowa: there are 75 COVID patients in the hospital; 24 are in an ICU, 9 people were admitted to a hospital, and there are still eight people a ventilator.

The state’s data shows that 1,153,810 Iowans have been tested for coronavirus. Test results received yesterday amounted to 10,558, with 8,028 coming back Negative and 2,489 Positive.  The total number of Negative results since the beginning of the pandemic is 945,103. Iowa’s 14-day positivity rate is 21.2%, and the Individual Positivity rate is 17.9%.

The IDPH says 115,732 Iowans have recovered from the virus. 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, 718 cases {+12}; 479 recovered; 18 deaths
  • Adair, 396 {+10}; 168; 6
  • Adams, 150; 79; 1
  • Audubon, 279 {+5}; 142; 1
  • Guthrie, 682 {+12); 377; 15
  • Harrison County, 996 {+26}; 632; 27
  • Madison County, 624 {+14}; 359; 4
  • Mills County, 945 {+18}; 386; 6
  • Montgomery, 403; 202; 10
  • Pottawattamie County, 5,567 {+139]; 3,294; 64
  • Shelby County, 706 {+9}; 437; 3
  • Union County,  656 {+12}; 264; 6