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Crawford County has third-highest COVID-19 positivity rate in Iowa
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Crawford County has third-highest COVID-19 positivity rate in Iowa

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SIOUX CITY -- Although 14-day COVID-19 positivity rates are on the decline in Iowa, Crawford County tied with Wapello County for the third-highest rate in the state on Thursday with 13.8 percent.

According to Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) statistics, Adair County led the state with 21.8 percent, followed by Clarke County in second with 14.5 percent. Besides Crawford, no other Northwest Iowa counties ranked in the top 30.

Positivity rates above 5 percent are a concern, health officials have said.

As of Thursday, Crawford County had 2,443 total cases of the virus and its COVID-19 death toll stood at 34. 

No new COVID-19 deaths were reported in Northwest Iowa on Thursday, but of the 14 counties in The Journal's coverage area, just one, Ida County, reported no additional cases of the virus. 

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Siouxland District Health Department said in a statement Thursday that 21 new cases had been added to Woodbury County's case total in the last 24 hours. State statistics showed that the county had 13,438 total cases of the virus and 203 total COVID-19-related deaths. The county's 14-day positivity rate stood at 6.8 percent. 

Just four long-term care facilities in Northwest Iowa are currently suffering outbreaks, according to IDPH data:

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-- At Elmwood Care Center in Onawa, 47 have tested positive. Of these, 36 are considered recovered.

-- At Pleasant View Care Center in Whiting, 65 have tested positive. Of these, 26 are considered recovered. 

-- At Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City, 22 have tested positive. Of these, 17 are considered recovered. 

-- At Sunrise Retirement Community in Sioux City, 63 have tested positive. Of these, 47 are considered recovered.

District Health reported that eight patients were hospitalized Thursday at either MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center or UnityPoint Health -- St. Luke's, up six from Sunday.

Of those patients, five were hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19. Another three people in the hospital have the virus, but are hospitalized for other reasons. Of the total, two are Woodbury County residents.

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