First COVID-19 Death in Sioux County

July 24, 2020 11:15am

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The Sioux County Department of Public Health, Community Health Partners, today announced the first death associated with COVID-19 in the county. The individual was a 61-80 year old.

Sioux County Public Health Director Kim Westerholm, says they extend their sympathy to this individual’s family.  In a press release today, Westerholm assures residents that Sioux County Public Health and all of the key partners throughout the county and state continue to work to limit the spread and impact of this virus in our communities.

All residents should continue to follow precautions to avoid getting sick and passing the virus onto others.  Those precautions include washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with others; wearing a cloth face covering when around people outside of your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly, and monitoring your health for symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself then call your health care provider and follow their advice.

COVID-19 cases reached 41,000 today with the addition of 491 new cases since 11am Thursday.  Five deaths occurred in the same time-period bringing the total number of deaths to 820 state-wide.

Small increases in positive cases continue to remind residents in northwest Iowa that this virus isn’t going away anytime soon.  Lyon County is now at 86 cases with two new positive tests; Sioux County increased by five new cases, now at 551; Plymouth County is near the 400 mark with two new cases – they’re now at 399; Osceola County reports one new case since yesterday for 73; and O’Brien County remains at 110 total cases with no new infections since 11am Thursday.