Another death in Wapello County bringing total to 32.
OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - New information: Wapello County Department of Public Health and Emergency Management leaders announced the death of an individual between the ages of 61-80 due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Wapello County to 32.
County health workers say positive cases in Wapello County are on the rise, with the virus now affecting more residents between the ages of 18-40.
Original story: In a press release from the Wapello County, health officials say according to White House reports and county data, Wapello County moved into the White House identified red zone for cases indicating more than 100 new cases per 100,000 population last week, and the red zone for test positivity, indicating approximately 10.4 % positivity. The county has also experienced a sharp increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Wapello County has seen dramatic growth in new cases over the past two weeks across all age ranges including the 0-17 age group; and both symptomatic and asymptomatic positive cases throughout all ages have contributed to the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
As of July 31st, the county has 812 total cases, with 45 active cases and 7 hospitalizations. Adults 18-40 have the highest number of cases in the county with 420 according to the Wapelloready.org website.
The press release goes on to say aggressive mitigation strategies will disrupt the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with CDC and IDPH recommendations, residents of Wapello County should be vigilantly social distancing and wearing a mask when outside the home. When possible, limit social gatherings and reduce public activities and social interactions. White House reports, CDC and IDPH warn to protect anyone with serious medical conditions at home by social distancing and using high levels of personal hygiene, including handwashing and cleaning surfaces.
If you are sick or don’t feel well, stay home and isolate from other individuals in the household. Call your health care provider to determine a treatment plan. If symptoms are severe, call 911. If you have been tested for COVID, stay home until test results are received. If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, be aware that people may develop COVID up to 14 days after exposure, and can shed the virus 48 hours before symptoms appear. Exposed individuals should quarantine to prevent transmission of the virus.
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