September 15, 2020 - 4:20 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — A total of twenty-seven new COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday in the four northwestern-most Iowa counties, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Once again, most of them in Sioux County. And Sioux County is reporting the highest percentage of tests coming back positive.

Sioux County reports a total of 1125 cases, after a rise of fifteen cases. O’Brien County is at 266, which is up four. Lyon County was up six cases at 199, and Osceola County was up two at 110.

The 14-day rolling average shows that for the state of Iowa, Sioux County has the highest percentage of tests coming back positive, at 24.2 percent. Lyon County was second with 17.4 percent. Plymouth County was third with 16.0 percent. O’Brien County was fourth with 15.5 percent of ordered tests coming back positive, and Osceola County was down the list a little at 15th place with a rate of 12 percent.

As far as active cases, Lyon County has 38, Sioux County has 403, O’Brien County has 101, and Osceola has 19. But only a very small number of those cases are hospitalized. The latest statistics available at this time are for Monday. And at that point, six people were hospitalized in Sioux County, three in O’Brien, one in Lyon County, and none in Osceola County.

Fourteen northwest Iowans have died in connection with COVID-19 since the pandemic started. Eight in O’Brien County and three each in Lyon and Sioux Counties.

Recovery rate:
Out of the 199 Lyon County residents who have had COVID-19, 158 have recovered, for a rate of about 79%.
Out of the 1125 Sioux County residents who have had COVID-19, 719 have recovered, for a rate of about 64%.
Out of the 266 O’Brien County residents who have had COVID-19, 157 have recovered, for a rate of about 59%.
Out of the 110 Osceola County residents who have had COVID-19, 91 have recovered, for a rate of about 83%.

Total numbers of cases from other counties around the area and their change from the previous report:

Iowa counties:
Plymouth 936, up 9
Cherokee 163, up 3
Buena Vista 1900, up 1
Clay 258, down 4
Dickinson 452, unchanged

These numbers reflect the period of noon Monday through noon Tuesday.

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