Iowa DPH Reporting 534 Additional Cases Of COVID-19 Today (Mon.) Along With Four New Deaths

Mon 5-4-2020

(Johnston)-- The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Monday) is reporting an additional 534 positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 9,703 positive cases to date. Four new deaths were also reported as of today (Monday), along with an outbreak at an additional long-term care facility in Marshalltown.

At her press conference this morning (Monday), Governor Kim Reynolds announced some additional surveillance testing that will be going this week at some long term care facilities and essential workplaces where some outbreaks are being reported...Reynolds050401 

"This week we will be sending strike teams to several more long term care and manufacturing facilities and providing testing supplies for others to test approximately 5,700 more employees to be proactive in managing activity. Once the virus is in any facility, congregate setting or even households where many people work in close proximity or live with each other, it spreads quickly and it spreads easily. And that's what we're trying to get in front of by conducting targeted diagnostic and serology testing of employees and businesses and long term care facilities where the stakes are high."

Also today (Monday), the Governor denied her decision to start to reopen the state was the result of political pressure...Reynolds050402 

"You know these are some of the hardest decisions that I've had to make as the Governor of this great state. We had a growing economy, or cash reserves were full, our fiscal health was strong, Iowans were doing well, our unemployment rate was low, and to have this pandemic hit the state and our country and have it impact Iowans and businesses and families in the manner that it has is heart wrenching to talk about the amount of deaths and people that have lost their lives due to COVID-19 and how we manage all of that. And you just can't look at it from one isolated perspective. You have to look at the health and the wellbeing and the mental wellbeing and the livelihood of Iowans."

Also today (Mon.), Kelly Garcia, Director of the Iowa Department of Human Services, announced an oubreak at the Woodward Resource Center where six residents have tested positive for the virus...Reynolds050403 

"To protect other residents in the home, those who test positive or become symptomatic are transitioned to other houses on campus designated for positive cases. We've been working closely with IDPH, Boone county, Public Health, and we've also pulled in a team of doctors for additional technical assistance from the University of Iowa."

Garcia also reported that to date, nine employees with the Iowa Department of Human Services have tested positive for the virus.