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Floyd County sees first death from COVID-19

By Bob Steenson,

The Floyd County Department of Public Health announced on Sunday the first death attributed to COVID-19 in the county.

The individual was an elderly adult, age 81 and older, according to a statement by the department.

“We wish to extend our sympathy to this individual’s family,” said Floyd County Public Health Director Gail Arjes. “Floyd County Public Health and all of our key partners throughout the county and state continue to work to limit the spread and impact of this virus in our communities.”

According to the latest state information, there were five positive COVID-19 test results in Floyd County as of Monday morning. The first report of a positive test was on April 29, then another on May 4, then May 7, then May 9 and the latest on Sunday, May 10.There have been 243 individuals in the county tested for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

As of Monday’s report, there are three confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Floyd County, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

There have been 1,218 assessments completed by Floyd County residents for the novel coronavirus on the website as of Monday.

As of Monday there have been 12,373 cases of COVID-19 positively identified in Iowa, and 271 deaths attributed to the disease, including the death in Floyd County.

The Floyd County Department of Public Health reminded all residents to:

• Stay home as much as possible. Leave only for essential errands like groceries or getting medication. When you run these errands, send only one person from the household, if possible.
• Stay home when even mildly ill (the kind of illness that normally wouldn’t prevent you from your everyday activities)
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm.
• Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.