Iowa COVID-19 update: Governor reports 4 deaths, 534 new cases; 10 new cases in Council Bluffs

Published: May. 1, 2020 at 7:43 PM CDT
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Two addiditonal cases in Mills County

Mills County Public Health has been notified of two additional positive COVID-19 cases.

Both cases are between 18-40 years old and contracted the virus through community spread.

10 more cases in Council Bluffs

Pottawattamie County Public Health has reported 10 new cases of COVID-19.

The county total is now 59.

The new cases are all residents of Council Bluffs. Four of the cases are between 18 and 40, five are between 41 and 60, and one is between 61 and 80 years old.

They are all self-isolating at home.

Governor reports 4 deaths, 534 new cases

In her daily news update Monday morning, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced four more people had died and 534 new COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in Iowa since Sunday.

Reynolds said 85% of the new cases were from the 22 counties that remain under restrictions, and that the four who died were among older Iowans or those with underlying health conditions. The state has reported 9,703 positive COVID-19 cases to date.

So far, she said, 3,486 have recovered, making the state's current recovery rate 36%.

An additional 3,441 negative results were reported since Sunday for a total of 47,458 tests to date in Iowa that have resulted in a negative, Reynolds said.

The governor said 57,161 tests have been conducted, meaning 1 in 55 Iowans has been tested.

Also on Monday, the governor said Iowa Department of Public Health has also reported an outbreak at an additional long-term care facility in Marshaltown, in


In addition, one case has been confirmed among Iowa Department of Public Safety, Reynolds said.

The governor also reported that the backlog encountered at the state lab, which accounted for an increase in the number of cases reported in recent days, had been cleared and should be caught up Monday. Moving forward, those receiving testing via Test Iowa should expect to have their results within 72 hours, she said.

Reynolds also announced a third Test Iowa location has opened in Sioux City, but noted that these sites are merely one way to obtain a test.

"If your condition has worsened, call your doctor or 9-1-1 if you have trouble breathing while at rest," she said.

6 positive cases at state disabled facility

Iowa Department of Human Services officials say six residents at a central Iowa facility for people with intellectual disabilities have tested positive for the new coronavirus, although none have shown symptoms of COVID-19.

the first resident at the Woodward Resource Center tested positive for the virus on April 26.

By Saturday, officials said, five more residents -- all tied to one home on campus -- had tested positive for the virus.

Three employees at the multi-building campus have also tested positive. DHS spokesman Matt Highland says the state is working to get more COVID-19 testing on the campus.

Those who have tested positive have been moved to an isolation area, and the home has been cleaned.