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Governor Kim Reynolds Addresses Increased COVID Hospitalizations, Which Are Reaching New Highs In Iowa

Wed 10-7-2020

(Des Moines)-- Governor Kim Reynolds today (Wed.) addressed increasing hospitalization rates in Iowa as COVID-19 infections continue to increase, especially in northwest Iowa. The state is now reporting its highest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began. That number stood at 444 as of this (Wed.) morning. Reynolds said she's been assured by providers they still have the capacity to handle the increased patient loads...Reynolds100720 

"When our team reached out to them that's the questions that we're asking them, Kay, are you at capacity, what's, you know, what is the bed capacity, are you getting everything that you need, is there anything that we need to help facilitate in order to take care of the patients? And those calls are happening daily. Not, I mean, you heard Dr. Pedati. The Department of Public Health, local public health officials, my team, are coordinating and reaching out and making sure they're getting everything that they need. You know, they are deciding if they need to, you know, I think they are still able to provide elective surgeries, but if they need to step back that's part of their surge plan. So hospitals are doing what they need to do to manage the numbers that we're seeing."

The state of Iowa reported 15 additional deaths today (Wed.) bringing the total so far to 1,414. The total number of cases statewide increased by 919 since 10:00 am Tuesday. Of the 444 hospitalizations statewide as of today (Wed.), 104 are in intensive care units with 42 on ventilators.

Six counties in the region have COVID-19 positivity rates exceeding 15 percent. They include Emmet, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Plymouth and Sioux counties.

The Governor today (Wed.) said she has no plans to implement any new mitigation strategies.