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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Iowa jumps from 45 to 68

The Iowa Department of Public reports, that as of mid-day today (Saturday), there are 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19 spread across the State, with the majority in Johnson and Polk Counties. The IDPH says to date, there have been 1,049 negative tests conducted at the State Hygienic Lab.

The ages of those affected are as follows:

Child (age 0-17): 1

Adult (age 18-40): 18

Adult – Middle Age (41-60): 23

Older Adult (age 61-80): 23

Elderly (age 81 & up): 3.

The number of infected males: 33; Females: 35.

According to IDPH, the locations of the 23 latest confirmed COVID-19 cases are as follows:

Allamakee County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years) Black Hawk County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 1 elderly (81 years or older) Dubuque County, 1 older adult (61-80 years) Fayette County, 1 adult (18-40 years) Henry County, 1 adult (18-40 years) Johnson County, 3 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years) Linn County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle age adult (41-60 years) Muscatine County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years) Polk County, 2 middle age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years) Pottawattamie County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years) Story County, 1 adult (18-40 years) Washington County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

Iowans who have traveled recently for business or spring break vacations, whether internationally or domestically outside of Iowa, should strongly consider self-isolating for 14 days. This will support Iowa’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and limit the introduction of the virus from other points of travel.

Iowa has implemented many provisions to emphasize social distancing, and self-isolation after travel is another measure we can take to slow the spread of the virus and avoid quickly overburdening our healthcare system.

Gov. Reynolds will hold a press conference 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22 and can be viewed on Gov. Kim Reynold's Facebook page @IAgovernor or www.governor.iowa.gov.

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