October 14, 2020 - 3:31 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Another death and eighty-two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in far northwest Iowa on Wednesday, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Plus, Sioux County has reached an unwanted milestone.

The death was another Sioux County resident. Twenty-four northwest Iowans have now died in connection with COVID-19 since the pandemic started — nine in O’Brien County, ten in Sioux County, and five in Lyon County.

Sioux County reports a total of 2183 cases since the pandemic started, after a rise of 61 cases in the last 24 hours. In fact, while Buena Vista county still has many more cases per capita, Sioux County has now surpassed Buena Vista County in raw numbers of cases. Buena Vista had a peak early in the pandemic, due to a packing plant outbreak there. Buena Vista now has 2161 cases to Sioux’s 2183. But one person in every nine in Buena Vista county has had the disease, while only one person in sixteen in Sioux County has had it.

Meanwhile, O’Brien County is at 532, which is up 6 cases. Lyon County was up 5 cases at 484, and Osceola County was up 10 at 227.

As far as active cases, Lyon County has 245, Sioux County has 935, O’Brien County has 238, and Osceola has 105.

The recovery rate seems to be rising just a little.

Out of the 484 Lyon County residents who have had COVID-19, 234 of them have recovered, for a recovery rate of about 48%.
Out of the 2183 Sioux County residents who have had COVID-19, 1238 of them have recovered, for a recovery rate of about 57%.
Out of the 532 O’Brien County residents who have had COVID-19, 285 of them have recovered, for a recovery rate of about 54%.
Out of the 227 Osceola County residents who have had COVID-19, 122 of them have recovered, for a recovery rate of about 54%.

Total numbers of cases from other counties around the area and their change from the previous report:

Iowa counties:
Plymouth 1433, up 39
Cherokee 334, down 3
Buena Vista 2161, up 17
Clay 446, up 5
Dickinson 650, up 14

These numbers represent the period from noon Tuesday, October 13th through Wednesday, October 14th.

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