Additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa
by Kim Reynolds
November 16, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed 23 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 68 positive cases. To date, the State Hygienic Lab has conducted 1,049 negative tests.

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 23 individuals include:

  • Allamakee County: one middle age adult (41-60 years) and one older adult (61-80 years).
  • Black Hawk County: one middle age adult (41-60 years) and 1 elderly (81 years or older).
  • Dubuque County: one older adult (61-80 years).
  • Fayette County: one adult (18-40 years).
  • Henry County: one adult (18-40 years).
  • Johnson County: three adults (18-40 years), one middle age adult (41-60 years), and one older adult (61-80 years).
  • Linn County: two adults (18-40 years) and one middle age adult (41-60 years).
  • Muscatine County: one middle age adult (41-60 years).
  • Polk County: two middle age adults (41-60 years) and two older adults (61-80 years).
  • Pottawattamie County: one middle age adults (41-60 years).
  • Story County: one adult (18-40 years).
  • Washington County: one middle age adult (41-60 years).

You can view status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa, provided by IDPH, here. In addition, you may call a public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

The state of Iowa will begin to share the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs.

Iowans who have traveled recently for business or spring break vacations, whether internationally or domestically outside of Iowa, should strongly consider self-isolating for 14 days. This will support Iowa’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and limit the introduction of the virus from other points of travel.

Iowa has implemented many provisions to emphasize social distancing, and self-isolation after travel offers another measure we can take to slow the spread of the virus and avoid quickly overburdening our healthcare system. Governor Reynolds will hold a press conference on Sunday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. You may view the livestream on Reynolds’ Facebook Page.