Marion County: Eight new positive COVID-19 cases reported in 24-hour period

MARION COUNTY – Eight positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Marion County within a 24-hour period, according to the Marion County Joint Information Center (JIC).

This brings the county’s total to 34 positive COVID-19 cases to-date.

The increase comes only a day after the JIC’s daily COVID-19 update Thursday, which confirmed a total of 26 positive cases. According to Marion County Public Health Director Kim Dorn, 15 are currently active, and 19 have recovered.

However, Dorn says the county’s COVID-19 count is still fairly low compared to nearby counties.

“Some of our neighboring counties have had very large increases, so I think our citizens are doing a really good job of practicing those protective actions,” says Dorn.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in neighboring counties as of Friday afternoon are as follows, according to the state’s COVID-19 website:

Mahaska: 48

Warren: 97

Polk: 3,518

Jasper: 250

In Regional Medical Coordination Center 1, of which Marion County is part, there are 164 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon, 44 of whom are in intensive care units; 31 patients are on ventilators. There are 884 inpatient beds and 120 ICU beds available.

On Wednesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a schedule to lift restrictions on more Iowa businesses and venues effective today, including movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums and wedding venues, with certain social distancing and public health measures in place.

Swimming pools are also allowed to re-open for lap swimming and swimming lessons. Campground restrooms, shower facilities and cabins are also allowed to re-open.

“We are very excited that in many places throughout Marion County, we are in the process of opening up, and that’s a good thing for all of us,” says Marion County Board of Supervisors Chair Mark Raymie.

Emily Hawk can be reached at 641-660-9659 or by email at ehawk@oskyherald.com.

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