A fifth Pottawattamie County resident has died in connection with COVID-19.
Pottawattamie District Public Health on Saturday announced an elderly man, aged 81 and older, had died of COVID-19. The man has a pre-existing medical condition.
The regional health department also reported seven new COVID-19 cases.
Of the seven newly reported COVID-19 cases, six of them were residents of Council Bluffs and one from Neola. Six of the cases were 18-40 years old; and one 41-60 years old. These people were tested between May 18 and May 22. So far, 2,624 Pottawattamie County residents have been tested for COVID-19, and a total of 215 have been tested positive.
Five additional people have recovered, bringing the total recovery to 116. At present, five people are hospitalized and 85 people alone. Based on investigations of PCPH contact tracing, a total of 64 Pottawattamie County COVID-19 cases were the result of community outreach.
For additional information on COVID-19, including demographics of cases filtered by county, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard in coronavirus.iowa.gov. The dashboard is updated daily and contains the total number of cases, recovery, death, tests carried out, and the Iowa epidemiological curve.
PCPH continues to investigate contact tracing for each COVID-19 case. If and when risks to the general public are identified, PCPH will publicly identify the location and communicate any action that must be taken publicly.
Because we have the spread of COVID-19 in the community, individuals must take precautions to protect themselves. Stay at home as much as possible, limit travel and shopping, practice social distance by staying at least six feet from other people. Wash hands and disinfect surfaces that are often touched several times per day. If you are sick, stay home.
Iowans are encouraged to go to testIowa.com and complete the assessment. TestIowa is an initiative designed to improve COVID-19 testing rates in Iowa. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), contact your health care provider before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room.
Look at the numbers in the region, based on data provided by countries and coronavirus.iowa.gov:
Pottawattamie County – 215 cases, 2,624 tests, 116 recovery, five deaths, 7.8% of those tested positive
Mills County – 14 cases, 706 tests, 11 recoveries, 2%
Harrison County – 18 cases, 366 tests, 17 recovery, 4.9%
Shelby County – 30 cases, 266 tests, 24 recovery, 11.7%
Montgomery County – five cases, 218 tests, five recoveries, 2.3%
Page County – 10 cases, 473 tests, nine recovery, 2.1%
Cass County – 10 cases, 307 tests, one recovery, 3.3%
Monona Region – 21 cases, 292 tests, 13 recoveries, 7.2%
Crawford County – 460 cases, 1,601 tests, 255 recovery, two deaths, 28.7%
Fremont County – four cases, 116 tests, two recoveries, 3.4%
At the regional Regional Medical Coordination Center four, which includes Pottawattamie, Mills, Harrison, Cass, Crawford, Shelby, Fremont, Montgomery, Page, Adams, Audubon and Taylor County, there are six patients who are hospitalized. Two patients in intensive care. One COVID-19 patient was hospitalized in the past 24 hours.
The region has 199 inpatient beds, 40 intensive care beds available and 68 ventilators available. No patient was admitted to the hospital using a ventilator.
Iowa’s COVID-19 death count jumped 26 to 444
The number of deaths from the corona virus in Iowa jumped 26 to 444 on Saturday, the highest daily increase on record.
The latest deaths added to the count occurred from May 9 to May 22, according to news releases from the country. The state also reported 419 new cases, bringing the total to all states to 16,767.
Among the nation’s victims was Jose Andrade-Garcia, who will retire from his job at the JBS meatpacking plant in Marshalltown in a week when he was tested positive for coronavirus. He died last week due to a ventilator, KCCI-TV reported.
His family blamed JBS for not immediately enforcing the remote social protocol.
In a news release sent on May 13, JBS based in Greeley, Colorado said they examined symptoms, physically alienated workers from each other, and made personal protective equipment available to employees.
The League of Latin American Citizens requests mandatory weekly testing at all meat packaging facilities. The Andrade-Garcia family echoes LULAC’s demands and says it’s a matter of life and death.
“I think it will save my father’s life,” said the daughter of Maria Andrade.
The JBS mitigation effort came into force after nearly 300 employees tested positive for the virus at the Colorado plant. JBS also said he was very sad about the loss of Andrade-Garcia, adding that he was a committed team member and friend to many people. The company said it plans to continue to offer support to her family.
The state of Iowa on Saturday reported 419 additional positive cases across the state for a total of 16,767 positive cases. There are 4,336 additional negative tests for a total of 106,223 negative tests to date, which include tests reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other laboratories. The positivity rate for this report is 8.8%.
26 additional COVID-related deaths were confirmed. The confirmed date of death related to COVID is from May 9 to May 22. Currently there are 362 orangutans who are hospitalized. To date, 9,187 Iowans have recovered (54.7%).
Information about COVID-19
Pottawattamie District Public Health says every day: “Because we have the spread of COVID-19 in the community, individuals must take precautions to protect themselves. Stay at home as much as possible, limit travel and shopping. If you have to leave home, practice keeping a social distance, and stay at least 6 feet from others.
Wash hands and disinfect surfaces that are often touched several times per day. If you are sick, alone at home. “
Symptoms in people who have been exposed to the con virus can include fever, coughing and shortness of breath, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. The symptoms can appear only in two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Most people experience mild or moderate symptoms that go away in two to three weeks.
Older adults and people with existing health problems are among those who are very susceptible to more severe illnesses, including pneumonia.
The testing criteria are based on guidance from the Iowa Hygienic Lab or private laboratory guidelines. Pottawattamie’s Regional Public Health has no role in deciding who does and is not tested.
Public health officials recommend:
• Stay home as much as possible.
• Monitor symptoms for yourself.
• Call your doctor if symptoms appear.
• Cover the cough and sneeze with a tissue or upper arm / elbow.
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
• Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
The Methodist Health System offers a community hotline and screening tool at 402-815-SICK (7425). CHI Health has an assistance channel to answer questions and direct patients who may be at high risk for coronavirus. Visit chihealth.com for information.
The Pottawattamie District Emergency Management Agency has a COVID-19 call center that is open from 8 am to 4 pm. Monday to Friday 712-890-5368 or 712-890-5369.
For those who struggle with mental health during a pandemic, yourlifeiowa.org has several resources, including a hotline at 855-581-8111 and a text friendly line at 855-895-8398. In addition, the Hope 4 Iowa Crisis Hotline connects individuals in crisis to the hands that help with resources to overcome and improve mental health. Hotlines are available 24 hours a day. Call 84-HOPE-4-IOWA (844-673-4469).
The University of Nebraska Medical Center has a COVID-19 – 1-Check COVID screening application, which allows users to answer a series of questions and assess their likelihood of having COVID-19. Based on user input, the screening application will issue a “low risk,” “urgent risk” or “emergent risk” assessment and guide the individual towards the next possible steps.
– Associated Press Reporter Ryan J. Foley contributed to this report.
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