Linn County records first COVID-19 death

Linn County records first COVID-19 death

From the Coronavirus update Northeast Iowa series
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CEDAR RAPIDS — Linn County has recorded its first death as a result of the novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases in Linn and Johnson counties continues grow among the fastest in the state.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported Sunday that a Linn County resident with COVID-19 had died Saturday night. It marked the fourth death in Iowa as a result of the virus since the first known cases in the state were found earlier this month. Linn County Public Health officials described the victim as a man between 61 and 80 with other health issues.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends who are grieving, and remind everyone to continue to take the necessary steps to minimize your exposure to COVID-19,” Linn County Public Health Director Pramod Dwivedi said in a statement. “Our top priority continues to be protecting the health of our community. All of us must do our part to stop the spread of this novel coronavirus, by staying at home as much as possible, and by practicing good social distancing.”

Local and state officials declined to tell the public any details surrounding the death, including whether the man had been receiving medical care or was quarantined from others.

Linn County, which learned of its first known positive case only a week ago, recorded 20 new positive cases over the weekend and is now one of the fastest growing hubs of the virus in the state.

Johnson County leads the state with 65 positive cases, followed by Polk County with 50 and Linn County with 42, according to the state public health department.

Testing is being reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. Locations and age ranges of the 38 individuals reported Sunday include the following counties:

  • Cedar: 1 older adult (61-80 years).
  • Cerro Gordo: 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years).
  • Dallas: 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years).
  • Dubuque: 1 child (under 18), 2 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years).
  • Henry: 1 older adult (61-80 years).
  • Iowa: 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years).
  • Jasper: 1 older adult (61-80 years).
  • Johnson: 2 adults (18-40), 2 middle-aged adults (41-60 years).
  • Linn: 1 adult (18-40 years), 3 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years).
  • Marshall: 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years).
  • Polk: 2 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 5 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+).
  • Tama: 1 adult (18-40 years).
  • Washington: 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years), 1 elderly adult (81+).
  • Winneshiek: 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years).
  • Woodbury: 1 adult (18-40 years).

A hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available around the clock at 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

Sick Iowans are urged to stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house. Those who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 are encouraged to self-isolated for 14 days. If symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath emerge, people are urged to call first before going to a health care provider.

Precautions being encouraged include maintaining 6 feet of distance between people, washing hands, limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people and limiting trips out of the house.

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