LOCAL COVID-19

Fri
13
Nov

30 new COVID cases in the county in past two days

By KENT THOMPSON
The Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health have identified 30 new positive COVID-19 cases in the past two days.
Nineteen cases were identified on Thursday and another 11 cases today (Friday, Nov. 13), bringing the total number of positive cases in the county since the pandemic began to 568. Of those cases, 365 have recovered and there have been three deaths in the county. The active positive case count is 200.
Of the 11 new cases reported Friday, three were in the 18-40 age group, five were people ages 41-60, two were people ages 61-80 and one was 81-years-plus.
According to the Iowa COVID-19 website, there are seven active positive cases at the QHC Humboldt South Care Center. The number has been the same since Tuesday.

Fri
06
Nov

Humboldt County tops 20 percent positivity rate

The Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health identified another 15 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County on Thursday. That brings the total number of positive cases since the pandemic began to 453 in the county. Of that number, 365 have recovered with three deaths reported. There are 85 active positive cases.
Of the cases reported Thursday, two are in the 0-17 age range, four are in the 18-40 age group, three are ages 41-60, five are ages 61-80. And one is age 81 or older.
Humboldt County is 18th highest among Iowa Counties for the positivity rate for the past 14 days, at 20.8 percent. There are 28 Iowa counties with rates at 20 percent or higher, including Hancock (22.8), Webster (20.7) and Wright (20.0). Pocahontas is at 19.4 percent.

Fri
23
Oct

Third COVID-19 death reported in county

By KENT THOMPSON
The Humboldt County Department of Public Health today (Friday afternoon) announced the third death associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county. The individual was in the 61-80 age group.
“We are saddened to report the county's third COVID-19 related death. We urge residents to continue being vigilant and supportive of each other as we work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect each other,” said Humboldt County Public Health Director Joleen Sernett.
This loss is a reminder that we must all do our part to protect our most vulnerable. This means to stay home if you are sick, maintaining six feet distance from those outside of your household, washing your hands often, and wearing a face covering when social distancing is not possible.

Fri
09
Oct

Humboldt County reports 21 new COVID-19 cases in three days

Novel coronavirus cases are spiking around the state and Humboldt County is no exception, with 21 new positive cases within the past three days. Of the new cases, three were ages 0-17, six were ages 18-40, nine were ages 41-60 and three were ages 61-80.
The influx nearly doubled the number of active positive cases in the county with 27 on Monday to 48 reported Thursday.
The Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health identified seven new cases on Thursday, two are in the 0-17 age group, one is in the 18-40 age group, three are in the 41-60 age range and one is in the 61-80 group.
Of the 232 positive cases in the county, 184 have recovered. There have been two deaths attributable to the virus, one reported on June 1 and one on Aug. 10. Both individuals were in the 61-80 age group.
Read more of the latest news in the Humboldt Independent print or online editions.

Fri
02
Oct

Humboldt County's COVID positivity rate increasing slightly

Humboldt County now stands at 197 total positive cases of novel coronavirus since the first positive case of the virus in the county was reported on April 18.
There were four new cases reported Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Sept. 29 and 30, but no new cases on Thursday, Oct. 1. Of the new cases this week, three were young adults, ages 18-40, and one was a middle age adult, age 41-60.
Of the total positive cases in the county since the inception of the disease, 20 have been ages 0-17; 86 have been ages 18-40; 61 have been ages 41-60; 29 have been ages 61-80, and one was age 81 or older.
The Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Department of Public Health report 184 recovered cases, including two deaths.
Of the 13 active cases in the county, two are ages 0-17, five are ages 18-40, four are ages 41-60 and two are ages 61-80.

Wed
23
Sep

Five more coronavirus cases reported in county Wednesday

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Humboldt County Public Health (HCPH) have identified five additional cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County on Wednesday, Sept. 23, bringing the total positive cases in Humboldt County to 184 and the number of active positive cases in the county to 14.
Of the new positive cases, one is a juvenile, age 0-17; two are in the 18-40 age group, and two are in the 41-60 age group.
Citizens are continued to be encouraged to wear a mask in public, social distance when in public spaces, wash hands thoroughly and often, cover your mouth with your upper arm when coughing or sneezing, and don’t go out if you are feeling ill.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
• Fever or chills
• Cough

Sat
05
Sep

One new COVID-19 case this week; five active positive cases

According to Humboldt County Public Health, there are no new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the county Saturday, Sept. 5, and there has been only one new case reported in the county since Monday, that being a juvenile between the ages of 0-17.
Humboldt County reports 153 total positive cases since the virus first struck the county on April 18. Of those, all by five have recovered, there have been two deaths, one reported June 1 and one reported Aug. 17.
The Centers for Disease Control, Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health remind citizens to stay home if they are sick, maintain six feet distance from others outside your household, wash your hands often and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible.

Wed
26
Aug

Three additional COVID-19 cases reported

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Humboldt County Public Health (HCPH) have identified three additional cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County, bringing the total positive cases since the inception to 145. Of the total, 136 cases are listed as recovered and there have been two deaths.
Of the newest cases, two are in the 18-40 age range and one is in the 61-80 age group.
The breakdown by age is: (0-17) 14, (18-40) 57, (41-60) 51, (61-80) 22, and (81+) 1.

Thu
20
Aug

2nd county COVID death reported

The Humboldt County Department of Public Health has announced the second death associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county. The individual was in the 61-80 age group. The death was reported Monday, Aug. 17.
“We extend our sincere condolences to this individual’s loved ones,” said Humboldt County Public Health Director Joleen Sernett.
This loss is a reminder that we must all do our part to protect our most vulnerable. This means to stay home if you are sick, maintaining six feet distance from those outside of your household, washing your hands often, and wearing a face covering when social distancing is not possible.

Thu
13
Aug

Two more COVID-19 cases reported in the county Friday

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Humboldt County Public Health (HCPH) have identified two additional positive cases of COVID-19 in the county on Friday, Aug. 14.
That raises the total number of positive cases to 126 since the virus was first identified and Humboldt County reported its first positive case on April 18. Humboldt County reports 95 recovered cases and one death, leaving 30 active cases of people with the virus in the county.
Of the most recent cases, one was in the 0-17 age group and one was in the 61-80-year-old age group.
The breakdown by age group is as follows: (0-17) 14, (18-40) 50, (41-60) 43, (61-80) 18 and (81+) 1.
While the county’s positivity rate in the past two weeks has been 26 percent, the county’s positive case counts represents a rate of 8.6 percent for the 1,311 individuals listing Humboldt as the county of residence that have been tested since the pandemic began.

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