June 26, 2020 - 3:36 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The four northwesternmost Iowa counties have seen over 600 cases of COVID-19 for the first time, and ten new cases on Friday, according to the latest statistics from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Sioux County was up seven cases at 440. Lyon was up one at 38. O’Brien was up two at 78, and Osceola was unchanged at 49.

As far as active cases, Lyon County has five, Sioux County has 230, O’Brien County has 38, and Osceola has four.

Recovery rate:

Lyon — out of 38 cases, 33 have recovered, for a rate of about 87%
Sioux — out of 440 cases, 210 have recovered, for a rate of about 48%
O’Brien — out of 80 cases, 42 have recovered, for a rate of about 53%
Osceola — out of 49 cases, 45 have recovered, for a rate of about 92%

Also, one death has been reported in these four counties since the beginning of the pandemic, that in O’Brien county on Tuesday, June 9th.

Total numbers of cases from other counties around the area and their change from the previous report (6/25/2020):

Iowa counties:
Plymouth 283, up 12
Cherokee 69, unchanged
Buena Vista 1678, unchanged
Clay 114, up 1
Dickinson 234, up 3

Minnesota counties:
Jackson 53, unchanged
Nobles 1643, up 6
Rock 29, up 1

South Dakota counties:
Minnehaha 3577, up 17
Lincoln 332, up 3
Union 118, unchanged

Here are some density numbers from regional hot spots. But keep in mind, that these numbers do include people who have had COVID-19, and have since recovered.

Buena Vista County, Iowa has a density of about one case in 12 people. Very close to that density is Nobles County, Minnesota, where there is one case in 13 people. Next in our region is Woodbury County with one case in every 33 people, and then Minnehaha County, South Dakota with one case in 54 people.

In the four northwesternmost Iowa counties, Sioux County tops the density list at one case in 79 people. Osceola is next with one case per 123 people. Next is O’Brien County with one in 173 people, and Lyon County reports a density of one case in every 322 people.

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