Delaware County’s number of active COVID-19 cases has jumped again this week.
Delaware County Public Health reported Monday that the county has 459 active cases – higher than last week’s number of 345.
It brings the total number of positive cases in Delaware County to 1,048 – an increase of 157 new cases this past week. Over six percent of the county’s population has now tested positive since April.
Nine of the 459 active cases are hospitalized, while the others are recovering at home. One more Delaware County resident has died due to COVID since last Monday, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to sixteen.
Positivity rates across the state have climbed this week. While Delaware County’s rate didn’t change much this past week – now at 23.8% compared to 24.1% last Monday – we dropped from the third highest positivity rate in Iowa last week to the 18th highest this week. Jones County now has the highest positivity rate at 42.7%, with twelve hospitalizations, four deaths and an outbreak of 400+ cases at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. Clayton County’s positivity rate of 25.8% ranks 13th in the state, with 14 hospitalizations and four deaths.
An outbreak continues at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. They are testing today, but their numbers from last week showed three more staff members tested positive. A total of 49 staff members have tested positive so far, with 40 of those staff since recovered. And a total of 55 residents have tested positive during the pandemic, with 43 of those residents since recovered. There were no new resident cases last week and no hospitalizations.
Meanwhile in the schools, there are a total of six active cases among students and staff at West Delaware, with 62 in quarantine.
Delaware County Public Health is not releasing any further details about the county’s COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations or cases. They say they need everyone to listen to public health advice and be part of the solution in slowing the spread – keep six feet distance from others, wear a face mask in public and stay home when you’re even mildly sick.