Two new cases of COVID-19 reported in Humboldt County

Two addition cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Humboldt County, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health. The announcement was made on mid-morning Thursday, April 23.
The two new Humboldt County residents are in the 18-40 age group and in the 41-60 age group. The residents are being monitored by public health.
The new cases bring the total to four in Humboldt County. Last weekend, Humboldt County Public Health reported an 18-40-year-old subject had tested positive and the person was recovering in self-isolation. The department also reported a 41-60-year-old person who was being monitored by public health.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds reported on Thursday that there are 176 new positive cases of the disease, bringing the total number to 3,942. There have been 842 new negative tests, for a total of 25,338 negative tests since testing started.
She reported that 13 percent of those tested have been positive in Iowa compared to the national average of 18.4 percent. In Iowa, 77 percent of those confirmed cases are adults ages 18-40 and 41-60. Twenty-two percent are adults ages 61 and older, and 1 percent are children. The governor reported that 10 percent of those confirmed cases are staff and residents of long-term care facilities. She reported an additional long-term care center in Linn County has reported an outbreak, bringing to 12 the number of long-term care centers across the state reporting outbreaks. None have been in or near Humboldt County.
Reynolds reported six additional deaths in the state, bringing the total to 96.
Reynolds is encouraging people with internet access to go to so they have an opportunity to get tested for COVID-19. It starts with three steps. The first is to answer a few questions to the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding your collective health. While everyone can’t be tested, the state will prioritize testing for people currently having symptoms, those who have interacted with people who have tested positive, or people who have recently visited places where COVID-19 is more widespread. People selected for a test will be given a drive-through testing location and given and time slot.
The third step is tracking. If a person tests positive they are asked to answer questions to help isolate the infection rate.
Reynolds said CARES funding from the U.S. Treasury will be joined with funds from the Iowa Economic Development Authority for small business grant relief.

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