Eleven new cases in Humboldt County since Monday

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Humboldt County Public Health (HCPH) have identified 11 additional COVID-19 cases in the county since Monday, raising the county’s total case count to 80 since the pandemic began in and Humboldt’s first case was confirmed during the third week in April.
Of the new cases, five were confirmed on Friday, July 24. Of the new cases, three are county residents in the 18-40 age group and two residents are in the 41-60 age group.
The breakdown of total cases by age group in Humboldt County is as follows: (0-17) five; (18-40) 37; (41-60) 29; (61-80) eight; and (81+1). Humboldt County’s first and only death attributed to the disease was reported on June 1.
Iowa now has 40,960 cases of coronavirus and 820 deaths.
Gov. Kim Reynolds extended Iowa's public health emergency proclamation for another 30 days on Friday but did not add any new restrictions despite surging cases in some parts of the state.
The proclamation, which was set to expire Saturday, will now continue through the end of the day on Aug. 23.
The emergency proclamation continues to require 6 feet of distancing between patrons of bars and restaurants and additional public health measures for gyms, casinos, salons, theaters and other public places.
The proclamation continues to relieve some regulations for professional licensing, expiration of driver's licenses, health care and the educational workforce.
Reynolds has encouraged citizens to wear face coverings when out in public, social distance at least six feet if at all possible, and wash hands thoroughly after contact in a public space.
According to the statewide Coronavirus website, there are 230 hospitalized patients with the disease as of July 24.
The site reports 6,534 individuals tested on Thursday, July 23, with 5,941 negative and 481 positive, for a 7.4 percent positive rate. That figure has gone up from a low of 4.3 percent in mid June. Total cases in Iowa since the pandemic show a positive case rate of 9.3 percent.
Humboldt County Public Health continues to strongly encourage all vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, to continue to limit their activities outside of their home, including their visits to businesses and other establishments and their participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose.
They encourage all Iowans to limit their in-person interactions with vulnerable Iowans and to exercise particular care and caution when engaging in any necessary interactions.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Humboldt County, visit https://www.humboldthospital.org/news-events/covid-19-update and follow Humboldt County Public Health on Facebook @HumboldtCountyPublicHealth
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Iowa, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/ and follow the Iowa Department of Public Health on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.

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