Clay, 6 other counties fall below 5% positivity rate

Monday, February 22, 2021

Vaccine appointments full, call center will not open this week

Spencer Hospital did not admit any patients last week due to COVID-19 diagnoses and only two patients were hospitalized in the nine-county area. Also, local positivity rates are looking great, with seven of the nine counties under 5% positivity rates. Clay County’s positivity rate fell from 7.2% to 2.8%. With regard to Clay County’s current mask regulation in place, it shall be lifted when the level of positivity in Clay County has fallen under 5% over a 14-day average for two consecutive Sundays as indicated on coronavirus.iowa.gov. Only Dickinson County, at 8.4%, and Palo Alto, at 5.4%, remained above the 5% positivity threshold last week. Last week, Clay County call center filled appointments for both last week and this week’s clinic, so there will not be a call center this week. According to the hospital’s Facebook site, "Total Positive Cases in NW Iowa," some of the county increases appear quite dramatic. This data all comes from the state of Iowa's website which apparently had a data adjustment of some statistics within the week. The site noted Buena Vista County has reported 16 new COVID-19 cases within the past seven days; however, the total case number in Buena Vista County changed by more than 600 from last week.

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