For the first time in months, Delaware County’s COVID-19 numbers are down across the board – including deaths, hospitalizations, the number of active cases, the number of new cases and the county’s positivity rate.
Delaware County Public Health on Monday reported 546 active cases – that’s 23 less active cases than the week before.
Delaware County had 99 new cases this past week – that number is also down compared to previous weeks – bringing the total number of cases to 1,447. Eight and a half percent of the county’s population has now tested positive since April – up from nearly eight percent a week ago.
And for the first time in several weeks, there were no COVID deaths reported in Delaware County this past week. There have been 21 deaths in the county since June.
Five residents in Delaware County are currently hospitalized with COVID complications, while the other active cases are recovering at home. There were seven hospitalizations a week ago.
And Delaware County’s positivity rate has gone down this past week as well. The rate is currently 20.3% – down from 23.9% a week ago. Jones County dropped from the highest positivity rate in Iowa to the third highest at 28.3%. Clayton County has the state’s 6th highest positivity rate at 25.1%.
An outbreak continues at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, though Community Development Director Jessie Tibbott says they had no new cases on Monday. A total of 56 residents and 55 employees have tested positive during the pandemic. Meanwhile in the West Delaware School District, there are currently less than five active cases among students and staff, with 38 students and staff currently quarantined.
The majority of cases continue to be community spread. Delaware County Public Health says everyone needs to become a part of the solution in slowing the spread of COVID-19 – avoid gatherings for more than 15 people, keep six feet distance from others, wear a face mask when in public, stay home when you can, wash your hands frequently, stay home when you are ill (even mildly sick) and get your flu shot.
Statewide, the state website tracking coronavirus data shows there has been a more than 20% decline in hospitalizations in Iowa over the past two weeks, but the death rate is accelerating. More Iowans have died of COVID-19 this month than during any previous month of the pandemic. As of Sunday night, the state website showed 2,375 Iowa deaths.