11:54 a.m. March 26

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 34 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 179 positive cases. There have been a total of 2,975 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 34 individuals are the following.

• Appanoose County, 1 elderly adult (81+)

• Black Hawk County, 1 middle-age adult (18-40 years)

• Cedar County, 1 middle-age (18-40 years), 1 older (61-80 years), 1 elderly (81+)

• Clayton County, 1 adult (18-40 years)

• Des Moines County, 1 adult (18-40 years)

• Jasper County, 1 elderly (81+)

• Johnson County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 4 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 1 older (61-80 years)

• Linn County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 3 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)

• Mahaska County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)

• Monona County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)

• Page County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)

• Polk County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 2 middle-aged (41-60 years), 1 older (61-80 years)

• Pottawattamie County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)

• Scott County, 1 elderly, 3 middle-aged (41-60 years)

• Sioux County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)

• Washington County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19.

Gov. Reynolds will hold a press conference today at 2:30 p.m. The press conference will be livestreamed and posted in full on Governor Reynolds’ Facebook Page.

Cases by counties

  • Johnson - 49
  • Polk - 24
  • Linn - 12
  • Washington - 8
  • Allamakee - 7
  • Dallas - 7
  • Scott - 7
  • Dubuque - 6
  • Muscatine - 6
  • Black Hawk - 5
  • Cedar - 4
  • Poweshiek - 4
  • Tama - 4
  • Hancock - 3
  • Harrison - 3
  • Pottawattamie - 3
  • Benton - 2
  • Cerro Gordo - 2
  • Jasper - 2
  • Sioux - 2
  • Story - 2
  • Woodbury - 2
  • Adair - 1
  • Appanoose - 1
  • Buchanan - 1
  • Carroll - 1
  • Clayton - 1
  • Des Moines - 1
  • Fayette - 1
  • Henry - 1
  • Kossuth - 1
  • Mahaska - 1
  • Monona - 1
  • Page - 1
  • Wapello - 1
  • Warren - 1
  • Winneshiek – 1

 

March 25 update

Dubuque County man first COVID-19 death in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) learned late on Tuesday of the first death associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual was an older adult, 61-80 years of age, and a resident of Dubuque County.

"Our hearts are heavy with the first loss of an Iowan to COVID-19. The thoughts and prayers of our state are with the family during this difficult time," said Gov. Kim Reynolds. "I continue to urge all Iowans to protect their health and the health of others, especially older individuals and those with chronic health conditions who are most at risk. We all have a role to play in limiting the spread of this virus."

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH, updated each morning, and can be found at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19.

Gov. Reynolds will hold a press conference today at 2:30 p.m. The press conference will be livestreamed and posted in full on Governor Reynolds’ Facebook Page.

Total confirmed cases in Iowa: 145

10:54 a.m. March 25

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 21 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 145 positive cases. There have been a total of 2,578 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 21 individuals include:

• Allamakee County 1 middle-aged adults (41-60 years)

• Benton County, 2 middle-aged adults (41-60 years)

• Hancock County, 1 middle-aged adults (41-60 years)

• Johnson County, 4 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)

• Linn County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)

• Muscatine County, 1 adult (18-40 years)

• Polk County, 3 older adults (61-80 years)

• Poweshiek County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)

• Scott County, 2 middle-aged (41-60 years)

• Washington County, 2 adults (18-40 years)

Number of confirmed cases by county

• Johnson - 43

• Polk - 20

• Allamakee - 7

• Dallas - 7

• Linn - 7

• Dubuque - 6

• Muscatine - 6

• Washington - 6

• Black Hawk - 4

• Poweshiek - 4

• Tama - 4

• Hancock - 3

• Harrison - 3

• Scott - 3

• Benton - 2

• Cerro Gordo - 2

• Pottawattamie - 2

• Story - 2

• Woodbury - 2

• Adair - 1

• Buchanan - 1

• Carroll - 1

• Cedar - 1

• Fayette - 1

• Henry - 1

• Jasper - 1

• Kossuth - 1

• Sioux - 1

• Wapello - 1

• Warren - 1

• Winneshiek - 1

As of 3/24/2020, there were 2,315 negative COVID-19 test results reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

President Trump approves major disaster declaration for Iowa

FEMA announced on Tuesday that federal emergency aid has been made available for the state of Iowa to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20 and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance under Public Assistance, for all areas affected by COVID-19, at a federal cost share of 75 percent.

Paul Taylor has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Taylor said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.

Iowa Army National Guard delivers medical supplies amid COVID-19 response

Iowa National Guard Soldiers from the 1133rd Transportation Company, of Mason City, Iowa, and its detachment in Iowa City, Iowa, delivered four semitrailers of medical personal protective equipment (PPE) to five counties across the state on March 24.

Personal protective equipment is specialized clothing and equipment worn by healthcare professionals to help prevent the spread of disease. It is a vital commodity in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa and across the country.

Working in support of the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa National Guard used its heavy hauler, M915A5 Line-Haul Tractor Trucks, to deliver this mission essential equipment to distribution sites in Black Hawk, Johnson, Polk, Pottawattamie and Tama counties.

These missions will continue for the foreseeable future as additional requests for PPE are processed by the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and given to the Iowa National Guard for distribution.

On March 23, eight soldiers from the 3654th Support Maintenance Company, out of Knoxville, with a detachment in Oskaloosa, delivered and assembled two large tents in Oskaloosa for the Mahaska Health Partnership hospital’s COVID-19 response plan.

The Iowa National Guard continues to provide a number of soldier and airmen in support of the state’s emergency response efforts. Currently there are 42 service members in a state active duty status.

The Iowa National Guard continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Iowa Department of Public Health and other state agencies to monitor the situation in Iowa and is prepared to support future missions in the ongoing effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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