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O'Brien County long-term care facility added to coronavirus hot spot list
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O'Brien County long-term care facility added to coronavirus hot spot list

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This undated electron microscope image, made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020, shows the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab.

SIOUX CITY -- The spread of the novel coronavirus has resulted in a long-term care facility in O'Brien County being added to the state's list of outbreak areas.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported Pleasant View Home in Sanborn, with 14 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, has been added to the list of outbreak facilities.

There are currently 24 facilities in Iowa statewide with that designation. Six weeks ago in mid-June, there were 35.

The others currently listed in Northwest Iowa are Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars in Plymouth County, Good Samaritan Society-George in Lyon County, Prairie Ridge Care Center in Sioux County and Touchstone Healthcare in Woodbury County.

Others that previously had been on the list, but were removed after people recovered, included Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City, and Accura Health Care in Milford.

Also on Tuesday, the Siouxland District Health Department reported there were nine new confirmed cases in Woodbury County, out of 73 new tests reported. A total of 3,656 positive tests have occurred in the county since March.

No deaths were reported, a day after two deaths increased the Woodbury County death toll to 50.

The Dakota County Health Department reported three new cases Tuesday, increasing the county's total number of cases to 1,878.

Siouxland District Health encourages residents to continue taking precautionary measures to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, including wearing masks in public places, staying home if you or a household member are not feeling well, social distancing and frequent hand washing.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild cases recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe ones can take three to six weeks to get better.

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To date, Woodbury County has tallied 3,662 COVID-19 infections, according to state data. Of these, 3,283 (about 89.7 percent) are considered recovered, according to the Siouxland District Health Department. 

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