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COVID-19 update - Emmet County tops 60 cases

30 individuals have recovered

June 29, 2020
By Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer , Estherville News

Emmet County reported 62 confirmed positive tests for COVID-19 Wednesday. Thirty individuals have recovered. The Iowa Department of Health this week began to provide additional data about whether coronavirus patients had pre-existing conditions before testing positive and the occupations they reported.

Statewide, half of all cases reported no pre-existing conditions (13,241 cases) while those with pre-existing conditions and those for whom it is unknown are roughly equal at 25 percent (6,714) and 24 percent (6,383) respectively.

Among health care workers, 31 percent reported pre-existing conditions. 20 percent in food service, 22 percent in manufacturing/industry, 49 percent who are unemployed or disabled, 33 percent in business, 35 percent who work at home, 20 percent in education, 23 percent in farming.

Among age groups, older adults ages 61-80 reported the most pre-existing conditions with 53 percent. 28 percent of elderly people, 30 percent of middle aged people 41-60 and just 13 percent of younger adults ages 18-40 reported pre-existing conditions. The vast majority of children and youth age 0-17 had no pre-existing conditions.

Iowa reports a total of 26,343 cases with 688 deaths. While positive cases are increasing in in Emmet, Clay and Dickinson Counties in the Iowa Lakes area, across the state, data shows flat or declining rates since an apparent peak around May 6 and a decline in deaths since a late May peak.

Health officials continue with their advice from the beginning of the pandemic: limit non-essential travel and gatherings, avoid large gatherings, if you are over 60 years old or have an underlying health condition, stay home, wear a mask to lessen the chance of spreading the virus to others, if you feel ill, stay home and self-isolate. The Centers for Disease Control recommends use of a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

If you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion that's not usual, inability to awaken or stay awake or bluish lips or face, seek medical attention immediately, the Emmet County Department of Public Health stated.



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