COVID-19 Community Update

Posted 10/5/2020 in Public Health

Brought to you by Delaware County Public Health

Unfortunately, Delaware County has recently seen a significant increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases.

  • In the past three weeks, our active cases in Delaware County grew from 32 to 83 (as of 10/05 at 3PM)
  • Positivity rate currently stands at 19.2% (as of 10/05 at 3PM)
  • Hospitalizations have increased with 6 Delaware County residents currently hospitalized (as of 10/05 at 3PM)
  • A local long term care facility is experiencing an outbreak of cases, affecting both residents and staff
  • Sadly, Delaware County has also had three additional deaths, bringing the total to six people lost to COVID-19.
  • NOTE: We acknowledge the state COVID-19 site has a delay in reporting so the numbers reported in this news release for hospitalizations and deaths do not currently match the state site.

It is important to note this rise in cases could easily overwhelm local health resources if numbers do not start reducing. We must reduce the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect our most vulnerable family, friends, neighbors, and keep our local healthcare resources running at optimal levels to care for others, such as in the event of a trauma.

YOU can help reduce the spread of the virus:

  • Wear a mask. Wear it over your nose and chin.
  • Wash your hands. Wash for at least 20 seconds. Don’t touch your face.
  • Distance yourself. Keep a 6 foot distance from others. We know how hard this is but please, assume you are sick with a potentially deadly disease and say hello from a distance. Avoid large gatherings. Encourage your teens to remain vigilant.
  • Get your influenza (flu) shot. As we move into the influenza season, we encourage everyone to get the flu shot. It is not determined yet how our bodies will handle the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Please don’t be the one to find out.

Additional information can be found at the state site at coronavirus.iowa.gov or regmedctr.org/covid-19.