White House Coronavirus Task Force Report Shows NW Iowa Continues To See Big Increase In COVID Transmission

Thu 10-8-2020

(Des Moines)-- A White House task force report focusing on the coronavirus pandemic has told Iowa leaders that many of the deaths caused by the high level of virus spread in Iowa were preventable.

The report was released to the media a day after Gov. Kim Reynolds said Iowans shouldn't let the virus dominate their lives.

Average daily deaths have increased over the past two weeks to 10 per day. State health data shows more than 1,500 new cases over the last 24 hours and five additional deaths.

That brings the state number of deaths to 1,419 as of Thursday morning. And it appears northwest Iowa continues to see an increase when it comes to COVID-19 cases.

The report lists six metro areas in Iowa that are in the red zone, and several of those are in Siouxland. They include Sioux City, Dubuque, Oskaloosa, Storm Lake, Spencer and Spirit Lake.

Also, in the red zone are 30 counties across the state. More than 50% of those are here in Siouxland. They include Woodbury, Sioux, Plymouth, Crawford, Lyon, O'Brien, Buena Vista, Sac, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Palo Alto, Osceola, Ida, Monona and Emmet.

The report also addressed the increase in hospital admissions due to COVID.

It says, between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2, on average, 60 patients with confirmed COVID-19 and 37 patients with suspected COVID-19 were reported as newly-admitted each day to hospitals across the state.

Also, an average of great than 95% of hospitals reported either new confirmed or new suspected COVID patients each day during that period.

The report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force says 70% of all counties in Iowa have moderate or high levels of community transmission, with 30% having high levels of community transmission.

(Courtesy news partner KTIV in Sioux City)