Iowa moves up to 22nd in nation for deaths per capita

  • The average number of new cases per day is coming down from a high of 4,205 on Nov. 16 — the day before Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a statewide mask mandate — to below 2,800 per day now.
  • But Iowa moved up two spots in the U.S. for deaths per capita, jumping from 24th to 22nd over the weekend. The state hit a new record of 40 deaths in one day on Nov. 19. That’s 10 days after the state’s record number of cases in one day, 7,300 on Nov. 9.
  • Black Hawk County added one death over the weekend for a total of 135 people who have died of COVID-19 since March. Fayette County added one death for a total of 10.
  • Butler County surpassed 1,000 cases Monday, with 1,024 people who have been diagnosed as having coronavirus since March. More than half — 547 — are currently infected. The county has had six deaths from the virus.
  • Mt. Pleasant state prison now has 85 inmates and 12 staff members testing positive for coronavirus. That’s second only to the outbreak at Anamosa, affecting 81 inmates and 26 staff members.
  • Black Hawk County added another long-term care outbreak at Pillar of the Cedar Valley, which had one case as of Monday. There were now a total of eight such outbreaks in the county, for a total of 293 cases. Butler County also added two care facility outbreaks, at Maple Manor Village in Aplington and Valley View Community in Greene.
  • The Northeast Iowa counties with the highest positive testing rates as of Monday were Chickasaw (25.5%), Clayton (25.3%), Bremer (24.5%), Mitchell (23.0%) and Allamakee (22.6%).

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