November 16, 2020 - 3:47 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa —¬†Sixty-six new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday in the four northwesternmost Iowa counties, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

In the last 24 hours, O’Brien County was up 7 cases, at 1100 cases since the pandemic started. Sioux County was up 29 cases at 3243. Lyon County was up 23 cases at 802, and Osceola County was up 7 at 444.

Fifty-four northwest Iowans have now died in connection with COVID-19 since the pandemic started — twenty-two now in Sioux County, twenty-four in O’Brien County, and eight in Lyon County.

A statistic we haven’t talked about much is survivability — that is — out of all the cases reported in a county — how many have not died. Osceola County leads our four counties since no deaths have been reported there — so their COVID survivability is still at 100 percent. The other counties are all very close to 100 percent as well. While Sioux County has had by far the most cases, they are actually in second place for survivability at over 99.993 percent. Lyon is next with 99.990 percent, and then it’s O’Brien County at 99.978 percent.

As far as active cases Lyon County has 287, Sioux County has 947, O’Brien County has 509, and Osceola has 188.

In this latest surge, recovery rates have dropped.
Out of the 802 Lyon County residents who have had COVID-19, 507 of them have recovered, for a recovery rate of about 63%.
Out of the 3243 Sioux County residents who have had COVID-19, 2274 of them have recovered, for a recovery rate of about 70%.
Out of the 1100 O’Brien County residents who have had COVID-19, 567 of them have recovered, for a recovery rate of about 52%.
Out of the 444 Osceola County residents who have had COVID-19, 256 of them have recovered, for a recovery rate of about 58%.

The statistic that is used a lot by the governor’s office and schools to decide what action to take is — out of all the tests ordered in the last 14 days — what percentage of them are coming back positive? Lyon County leads northwest Iowa in that stat with fifth place in the state — 36.6 percent. Sioux County is eleventh with 29.3 percent of tests coming back positive. Osceola is 14th with 28.7 percent, and O’Brien County is 30th, at 25.3 percent.

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

Iowa counties:
Plymouth 2396, up 22
Cherokee 647, up 14
Buena Vista 2734, up 13
Clay 906, up 11
Dickinson 1118, up 6

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