County officials again correct state COVID-19 data

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This post has been updated.

Clay County still has nine confirmed COVID-19 cases, local health officials confirmed Wednesday.

In a situation similar to one that occurred last week, the Iowa Department of Public Health incorrectly attributed a case to Clay County. That individual does not reside in Clay County.

In an email shared with the Signal, Susan Zulk, Spencer Hospital VP of Marketing and Fund Development, stated that there could be a variety of reasons for the state misattributing cases to Clay County.

Zulk provided a statement from Clay County Public Health Manager Colette Rossiter that said the state department (IDPH) had again incorrectly assigned the case to Clay County.

Zulk confirmed other data from IDPH, including that all of Clay County’s nine cases have recovered. That includes one person who was hospitalized at Spencer Hospital.

Though Spencer has not had a new confirmed case of COVID-19 in nearly two weeks, county public health officials in a joint statement Wednesday expressed the need for residents to take precautions.

“As a state and as a community, restrictions are easing. And, while it’s exciting to be able to return to our local businesses and support them, we also know that the COVID-19 virus remains a risk and wish to encourage citizens to continue to practice safety measures,” Mayor Kevin Robinson stated.

Rossiter said in the joint statement that the best way to prevent being infected with the illness is to avoid exposure.

“Infection disease experts continue to learn more about this novel virus and have already learned that in addition to being spread person-to-person through respiratory droplets, the virus can live on surfaces for a time period,” Rossiter said. “Also, a person may not have symptoms, yet can be a carrier and sharer of the virus, so it’s beneficial when everyone practices safety measures, including thorough hand washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based sanitizer, wearing a mask, and, when possible, maintaining a distance of six feet from others.”

COVID-19 numbers increase in area counties

Other area counties saw increase in confirmed cases Wednesday.

Emmet County, which reported its first case on May 12, is now up to six cases. Two cases were reported yesterday and another two had been reported as of early Wednesday evening.

Dickinson County has eight confirmed cases after reporting a new case Wednesday.

Buena Vista County has reported three additional cases as of Wednesday evening. That county now has 124 confirmed cases.

No deaths have been reported in area counties.

In northwest Iowa, Woodbury County has reported 21 deaths. Woodbury County has reported 2,362 cases of COVID-19. That total is second only to Polk County, which has reported 3,221 as of Wednesday evening.

Webster County has reported one death and 20 confirmed cases.

Iowa has a total of 15,618 COVID-19 cases, with 8,419 cases recovered. The state has reported 393 deaths.

Area county COVID-19 data

Data as of 6 p.m. Wednesday as reported by IDPH.

CountyCOVID-19 casesIndividuals testedRecoveredHospitalizations
Buena Vista County124933230
Cherokee County1026860
Clay County926491
Dickinson County824660
Emmet County620110
O’Brien County21524130
Osceola County29155190
Palo Alto County212510
Pocahontas County312820

This post will be updated as more data is reported.

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