County officials confirm 16th positive COVID-19 case; 13 recover

Sixteen positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Marion County, according to county officials. Marion County Public Health Director Kim Dorn says 13 of the 16 cases have recovered, and three are currently active.

On Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported 539 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 12,912. An additional 18 deaths were reported, bringing the state’s death toll to 289.

Currently, there are 385 hospitalized coronavirus patients with 143 of those patients in intensive care. The number of patients who have recovered stands at 5,618. These numbers from IDPH include testing through Monday.

Marion County Board of Supervisors Chair Mark Raymie reiterated the importance of slowing the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding unnecessary travel, washing hands for 20 seconds and staying home as much as possible. Dorn says local hospitals and organizations are still in need of homemade gowns and face masks in order to prepare for fall.

“We’re hoping to continue to collect those, because we are concerned with what may come in the fall,” says Dorn. “So, we want to have a good supply on hand. We’re not through what we’ve got right now, but from a PPE standpoint, things are looking better.”

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and other health care experts, there is concern for a severe re-emergence of COVID-19 in the fall.

“The behaviors that we’re talking about, the traveling and being judicious and being careful about what you do, is going to be important until we get a vaccine or get enough of the population that’s had it to become immune,” says Raymie. “Be very careful, and be very mindful that the virus is still there, even as we open up … these behaviors will become part of our way of life, at least in the near-term.”

Emily Hawk can be reached at ehawk@pellachronicle.com or by calling the Pella newsroom at 641-628-3882.

Emily Hawk can be reached at ehawk@pellachronicle.com or by calling the Pella newsroom at 641-628-3882.

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