Northwest Iowa — Another death has been reported in northwest Iowa due to COVID-19.
According to Marty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System, the death was an individual over 80 years of age who was a patient at their hospital. This marks the second death in Sioux County and the third death in our area due to COVID.
In the four northwestern-most Iowa counties, eleven more COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday, according to the latest statistics from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Sioux County was up seven at 569 cases. Lyon County was up four at 94. O’Brien County was unchanged at 113 cases and Osceola County was unchanged at 75.
Less than one percent of residents of Lyon and O’Brien counties have had COVID-19 — both counties at around eight-tenths of a percent. Stats tell us that 1.24 percent of Osceola County residents have had it, and 1.63 percent of Sioux County residents have had COVID-19. The highest density in our region is in Buena Vista County, where almost nine percent of the population has had it.
As far as active cases, Lyon County has 19, Sioux County has 102, O’Brien County has 26, and Osceola has 19.
Lyon — out of 94 cases, 75 have recovered, for a rate of about 80%
Sioux — out of 569 cases, 465 have recovered, for a rate of about 82%
O’Brien — out of 113 cases, 86 have recovered, for a rate of about 76%
Osceola — out of 75 cases, 56 have recovered, for a rate of about 75%
Three deaths have been confirmed in these four counties: One in O’Brien County on June 9th, and two in Sioux County — one reported this Wednesday and one reported last Friday (July 24th).
Total numbers of cases from other counties around the area and their change from the previous report:
Plymouth 420, up 3
Cherokee 96, unchanged
Buena Vista 1779, up 3
Clay 168, up 2
Dickinson 364, up 5
These numbers reflect the 24-hour period of noon Tuesday until noon Wednesday.