Iowa’s number of positive COVID-19 cases is now over 10,000, according to the figures stated at the Governor’s daily conference.
As usual, the Governor started with the latest COVID statistics for the state. 408 new positive cases were reported, for a state total of 10,111. 80 percent of those cases were in the 22 counties with restrictions still in place, and 261 cases were from Polk and Woodbury counties. 3,000 negative cases were reported, bringing that total to 50,458. 60,569 Iowans have been tested so far, making a per-capita rate of 1 in 52 Iowans. 3,572 Iowans diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered, bringing Iowa’s recovery rate to 35 percent. An additional 19 deaths were reported, for a total of 209 deaths in the state. 56 percent of Iowa’s deaths have been among residents of long term care facilities.
“we know that the virus causes the most serious illness for older adults and those with underlying health conditions. Iowa’s deaths are consistently among this most vulnerable population.”
Iowa Department of Public Health Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter joined Governor Reynolds to provide information on outbreaks at Iowa’s larger employers. She stated that it had been determined by Dr. Pedati to identify employers with confirmed outbreaks, in the interest of protecting the public health. At this time, outbreaks have been confirmed at the following businesses:
- Tyson plant in Columbus Junction – 221 cases
- Tyson plant in Waterloo – 444 cases
- Tyson plant in Perry – 730 cases
- Iowa Premium National Beef in Tama – 258
- TPI Composites in Newton – 131 cases
With today’s figures, COVID-19 cases in Iowa have topped 10,000 and deaths have topped 200. Wapello County has seen a sharp increase in cases as well. As of Thursday, April 30, Wapello County had 16 confirmed cases. That number jumped to 42 on Saturday, May 2, and currently stands at 108, according to the information from coronavirus.iowa.gov.