Clay County breaks triple digits for total positive COVID-19 cases
Monday, June 22, 2020
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, total positive cases of COVID-19 in Clay County rose past 100 Friday, with the current total at 106 as of Monday night. State reported data shows like Clay, Dickinson County is also continuing to experience an upward trend in positive cases having reached a total of 207 positive cases so far and that Buena Vista County, currently having the fourth largest total positive cases of COVID-19 in the state at 1,669, is trending down in positive cases for the first time since May.
Spencer Hospital President Bill Bumgarner said the sharp increase of positive cases in the region is concerning.
“While many of those who test positive have no symptoms or mild ones, they remain infectious and can transmit the virus to someone who is more vulnerable,” Bumgarner said. “This includes the elderly and people with underlying health conditions. We should all care about this. The basic precautions are simple but essential: wear a mask to protect others while in public, social distance, wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day, cover your cough and sneezes and stay home if you feel ill or are infected. Taking these measures is how we demonstrate to our community that we care."
As of Monday night, the state reported a total of 262,405 individuals have been tested in the state with 235,823 testing negative and 26,211 testing positive for the disease so far.