Eastern Iowa resident is state's first COVID-19 death

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DES MOINES, Iowa (WOWT) -- An older adult from eastern Iowa is the state's first coronavirus death, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported Tuesday evening.

The deceased was a Dubuque County resident between the ages of 61 and 80, according to a release from Gov. Kim Reynolds' office.

Earlier on Tuesday, the governor's office reported IDPH had notified 19 more people that they tested positive for coronavirus.

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IDPH listed the following locations and age range for the newest cases:

  • Black Hawk -- one adult age 41-60
  • Buchanan County -- one adult age 41-60
  • Cedar County -- one adult age 61-80
  • Dallas County -- one adult age 41-60
  • Jasper County -- one adult age 61-80
  • Johnson County -- one adult age 41-60 and one age 61-80
  • Muscatine County -- two adults ages 61-80
  • Polk County -- three adults ages 18-40, one age 41-60, and one age 61-80
  • Poweshiek County -- one adult age 61-80
  • Story County -- one adult age 61-80
  • Tama County -- one adult age 41-60
  • Warren County -- one adult age 18-40
  • Washington County -- one adult age 61-80

The illness caused by the coronavirus is now found in 30 of Iowa's 99 counties.

More than 2,300 negative tests have been recorded in multiple labs, the release states.

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Kim Reynolds said she will make her own independent decisions about when to advise Iowans to resume business amid the coronavirus outbreak regardless of when President Trump gives the all-clear.

Trump said Tuesday he hoped the U.S. could be "opened up" by Easter.


Sister station KCRG.com contributed to this report.