COVID-19 outbreaks increase in Iowa nursing homes; deaths climb to 671 | Omaha State and Regional News

Iowa health officials investigating case surge in northwest

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks to reporters after touring the Plymouth Place senior housing facility with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Des Moines. 

The number of COVID-19 outbreaks and infections is continuing to climb in Iowa nursing homes, nearly doubling the levels set in July.

In late July, there were 502 infections tied to 20 active nursing home outbreaks in Iowa, the Iowa Capital Dispatch reported. Over the next month, the number of COVID-19 infections associated with active outbreaks increased 66% to 835. Since August, the cumulative total of COVID-19-related deaths in Iowa nursing homes has climbed from 508 to 671.

On Sept. 13, the White House coronavirus task force recommended that Iowa impose a statewide

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