Humboldt County reports decrease in active cases

Humboldt County reported 16 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, Dec. 14, 13 cases on Tuesday, Dec. 15, and only three new cases on Wednesday, Dec. 16.
That brings the total since the pandemic started to 879 positive cases. Of that number, 832 have recovered with 16 deaths. “Ten additional deaths in the county were reported Monday. While this is a significant jump from the number we last shared, the Iowa Department of Public Health made changes in its reporting structure,” Humboldt County Public Health reported. The deaths reported have occurred over the past several weeks and not since the Dec. 9 report.
Good news is that the number of active cases in the county have declined from 79 at the beginning of the week to 31 on Wednesday.
Of the three new cases reported Wednesday, one was in the 18-40 age category and two people were ages 41-60.
Of the positive cases since the pandemic started, 106 were ages 0-17, 280 were ages 18-40, 261 were ages 41-60, 175 were ages 61-80 and 57 were ages 81 or older.
Humboldt County’s positivity rate dropped from the previous week and currently stands at 13.9 percent. Several counties in the southern two tiers of the state are holding steady below 10 percent.
Humboldt North and South Care Centers are long-term care facilities that have been identified as having outbreaks. Humboldt Care Center South has reported 30 positive cases with two new cases reported in the past week with 15 residents recovered. The Humboldt Care Center North has reported 65 total positive cases with 0 in the past week and 26 residents recovered.
Humboldt County Supervisor Rick Pedersen asked Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Michelle Sleiter Monday if the local nursing homes would be released from visitor lockdown restrictions after vaccines have been administered?
Sleiter reported that the facilities have to be out of outbreak status for that to happen. The Center for Medicare Services considers one person positive as and outbreak and the Iowa Department of Public Health considers three people an outbreak.

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