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Woodbury County surpasses 200 COVID-19 deaths

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SIOUX CITY -- Woodbury County marked another grim milestone Thursday, surpassing 200 COVID-19-related deaths. 

Two additional deaths due to the novel coronavirus were reported between Wednesday and Thursday, bringing the Northwest Iowa county's death total to 201, according to Iowa Department of Public Health data.

Siouxland District Health Department didn't confirm those deaths Thursday, but reported 23 new cases of the virus. Woodbury County's case total stood at 13,337 Thursday, based on state statistics.  

Dickinson and Cherokee counties each reported a COVID-19-related death Thursday. Thirty-seven Dickinson County residents and 34 Cherokee County residents have succumbed to the virus. 

No deaths were reported in Southeast South Dakota and Northeast Nebraska counties Thursday by press time. 

COVID-19 vaccines will be available at Woodbury County Walgreens locations

On Tuesday, the Wayne City Council extended its mask mandate through April 6. 

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The ordinance requires individuals age 5 or older to wear a face covering at any indoor premises open to the public until then, unless the council readdresses the mandate sooner. Any person found in violation of the mandate faces a $25 fine. 

A vaccine first became available in Siouxland in December, and a second round of vaccines is coming in February.

A total of 1,673 Woodbury County residents have received a full course of two COVID-19 vaccine doses, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported Thursday.

A total of 6,510 doses of the vaccine have been administered to Woodbury County residents, meaning that 3,164 county residents have had only one dose. Residents of neighboring counties have been coming to Woodbury County for a vaccine, as the total number of vaccines administered in the county (not just to county residents) is 9,610, according to Iowa Department of Public Health data.

On Thursday, a total of 25 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center or UnityPoint Health -- St. Luke's, according to the Siouxland Public Health Department. Of those patients, 11 were hospitalized for treatment of the virus.

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