AUDUBON COUNTY — Iowa has passed a milestone, and it isn’t a happy one. Earlier this week Iowa surpassed 2,000 confirmed deaths due to coronavirus, and that number appears to continue to rise. Iowa hit the 1,000 deaths mark on Aug. 19, five months into the pandemic, then hit the 2,000 mark in less than three months, and the 3,000 mark may be reached even quicker under current trends. Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that the state has been averaging more than 20 deaths per day over the last week. That’s triple the rate from just two months ago.

In Audubon County, according to figures from the Iowa COVID-19 Dashboard, 1,710 individuals have been tested; 270 individuals have tested positive for a 15.8 percent positivity rate, or 13 percent positive over a 14 day average. There is only one death attributed to COVID-19 so far.

In Cass County, 4,209 individuals have been tested, 681 have tested positive — a 16.2 percent positivity rate, or 17.4 percent over a 14 day average. Cass County has had 16 deaths so far.

Cass County has three long term care facilities — Griswold Rehabilitation and Health Care Center shows 146 positive cases, with 68 recovered. Atlantic Specialty Care had 54 positive cases with 11 recovered and Heritage House has 14 positive cases with 9 recovered.

Audubon County has just one facility with an outbreak — the Exira Care Center, with 20 positive cases, and one recovered.

Statewide figures include 1,136,480 tested, 199,714 positive and 17.6 percent positivity; or 22.1 percent over a 14 day average.

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