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Wapello County leaders share their concerns about rising numbers of Covid cases

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 11:50 AM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -Wapello County Emergency and health leaders held a press conference in the wake of the 2nd covid surge Thursday afternoon.

Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Richmond says there’s a growing shortage of health care workers available in the area to treat normal patients given the amount of covid patients that are coming in.

The Test-Iowa site in Ottumwa tested over 100 people on Wednesday.

Several people coming from out of state to get a test because of the low availability in their own area.

Ottumwa Mayor Tom Lazio offered a warning about trying to test your way into thanksgiving dinner.

“You may be negative today and positive tomorrow. We have Thanksgiving coming up and that’s always been a fun holiday for our family. But we’re not having a family get together this year. We’re going to do individual family members who are going to stay home and eat by themselves so to speak. Rather than have a family get together and risk exposing others to this crazy virus. "

As of Thursday, the county had 2,259 total positive cases with a positivity rate of 18.9%

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