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Iowa creates six regional medical coordination centers

(WGEM) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Public Health released additional coronavirus numbers Tuesday afternoon.

The state has 102 additional positive cases for a total of 1,048 positive cases.

The state also announced an additional death to bring the total to 26 total.

Reynolds said there were 341 people who have recovered and 104 that are still hospitalized.

During her daily press briefing in Johnson, Reynolds announced that the state has plenty of beds and ventilators at this time.

Despite that, she has created a new task force to handle medical needs.

Reynolds announced six regional medical coordination centers in the state.

The one she highlighted was the southeast region of the state which is at the highest risk.

That region includes Lee County, Iowa which has one confirmed positive case, but the governor said the reason that region is considered a hotspot is because of the rapid number of cases that continue to be reported in Iowa City.

She said this new system creates an all hands on deck approach.

"Under normal circumstances, Iowa's healthcare coalition regions are served by separate healthcare systems, community hospitals, and independent providers," Reynolds said. "But during an emergency, especially the size and scope of a worldwide pandemic, it may become necessary to pull resources and form together into one health system serving the needs of the region or the entire state."

The governor also said 11 percent of Iowa's cases are long-term care staff and residents and 46 percent of deaths are long term care residents.

Right now, more than 200 Iowa National Guard are working to deliver medical supplies and other needs to more than 99 counties across the state.

According to IDPH, an additional 1 death was also reported: 

  • Benton County, 1 elderly adult (81+)

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 102 individuals include:

  • Benton County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Black Hawk County, 3 adults (18-40 years)
  • Buena Vista County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Delaware County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Des Moines County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Dubuque County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Greene County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Hamilton County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Henry County, 1 child (0-17 years), 1 adult (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
  • Johnson County, 10 adults (18-40 years), 4 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
  • Linn County, 4 adults (18-40 years), 5 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Louisa County, 7 adults (18-40 years), 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Mahaska County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Marion County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Marshall County, 2 adults (18-40 years)
  • Muscatine County, 2 children (0-17 years), 3 adults (18-40 years), 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Polk County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Pottawattamie County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Scott County, 6 adults (18-40 years), 5 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Story County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Tama County, 3 older adults (61-80 years), 3 elderly (81+)
  • Warren County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
  • Washington County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly (81+)
  • Woodbury County, 1 adult (18-40 years)

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here.

In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19. 

Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer is a Morning Anchor/Reporter at WGEM.

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