Wapello County Emergency Management provided an update late Friday evening while explaining the discrepancies between State and County case counts.
According to a statement from Wapello County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Richmond, their organization has been working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health to align their data reporting processes. He stated that the process is ever evolving with strike teams being dispatched and Test Iowa being implemented. According to the release, the numbers stated by IDPH and the Governor’s office are considered preliminary until they have been locally verified, which can cause the discrepancies that have been seen recently.
As of 5 p.m. on May 8, 2020, Wapello County had 198 verified positive cases of COVID-19. The age ranges are as follows:
- Child (0 to 17) – 0 cases
- Adult (18 to 40) – 101 cases
- Middle Age (41 to 60) – 85 cases
- Older Adult (61 to 80) – 12 cases
- Elderly (81+) – 0 cases
Residents are advised to visit www.wapelloready.org for the most current information specific to Wapello County.