Northwest Iowa —¬†One new death and eighty new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Wednesday in the four northwesternmost Iowa counties, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The death was another resident of O’Brien County. Fifty-six northwest Iowans have now died in connection with COVID-19 since the pandemic started — twenty-two in Sioux County, twenty-six now in O’Brien County, and eight in Lyon County.

In the last 24 hours, O’Brien County was up 19 cases, at 1124 cases since the pandemic started. Sioux County was up 27 cases at 3305. Lyon County was up 29 cases at 863, and Osceola County was up 5 at 450.

The number of tests coming back positive is starting to vary a little more between northwest Iowa counties. Lyon County is near the top of the list for the number of tests coming back positive versus total number of tests performed. In the last 14 days, Lyon County has had 36.9 percent of their tests come back positive. That’s the fourth-highest in the state. Sioux County is tenth, with 28.3 percent of tests coming back positive. Osceola is 14th at 27.5 percent, and O’Brien actually has a lower-than-the-state-average percentage for this statistic, at 22.9 percent, which is 51st in Iowa.

As far as active cases Lyon County has 338, Sioux County has 961, O’Brien County has 498, and Osceola has 181.

Out of the 863 Lyon County residents who have had COVID-19, 517 of them have recovered, for a recovery rate of about 60%.
Out of the 3305 Sioux County residents who have had COVID-19, 2322 of them have recovered, for a recovery rate of about 70%.
Out of the 1124 O’Brien County residents who have had COVID-19, 600 of them have recovered, for a recovery rate of about 53%.
Out of the 450 Osceola County residents who have had COVID-19, 269 of them have recovered, for a recovery rate of about 60%.

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

Iowa counties:
Plymouth 2426, up 22
Cherokee 676, up 13
Buena Vista 2788, up 34
Clay 938, up 18
Dickinson 1127, up 6

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