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COVID-19 cases continue to climb

Hamilton County has 18 new positive cases in past week; 221 people have recovered from the coronavirus to date

Hamilton County saw an additional 18 positive cases of COVID-19 in the week ending on Aug. 4, according to Hamilton County Public Health. That brings the total to 244 positive cases, with 221 individuals who have recovered.

The county has one death attributed to COVID-19.

According to the Regional Medical Coordination Center data at coronavirus.iowa.gov, Region 3, which covers Northwest Iowa and of which Hamilton County is included, has 25 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Seven of those patients are in intensive care and four are on ventilators. Three were admitted in the past day.

Webster County’s positive case numbers continues to climb. As of Wednesday, there were 751 positive cases, with 358 that had recovered. Seven deaths in Webster County are attributed to COVID-19.

Wright County has had one death resulting from the coronavirus. Currently, there are 448 positive cases, with 394 individuals who have recovered.

Franklin County has 227 positive case with 153 that have recovered and there have been 7 deaths.

Hardin County has seen no deaths from the coronavirus, but have had 169 positive cases with 92 that have recovered.

A new statistic on the state’s coronavirus dashboard is the positivity rate for the past 14 days. According to the website, Hamilton County has had an average positivity rate of 10 percent, while Webster County has the highest rate at 18 percent. Wright County comes in with a 9 percent positive rate and Boone County has a positivity rate of 6 percent.

Statewide, 498,962 individuals have been tested for coronavirus with 46,664 total positive cases. A total of 34,767 have recovered with 899 deaths.

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