Story County death toll from COVID-19 climbs to 4, state reports
State health officials on Thursday reported Story County’s fourth death from COVID-19, along with an additional 15 positive cases over the previous 24 hours.
Steve Sullivan, a spokesperson for Mary Greeley Medical Center and Story County Public Health said he could not disclose information about the patient due to federal regulations, but that said the person did not die at the hospital. Sullivan also confirmed the 15 new cases that the state reported on Thursday.
Seven of the newly reported cases were connected to Accura Healthcare of Ames, a long-term care facility at 3440 Grand Ave. The state’s coronavirus website lists the facility as having 26 total cases. However, Lisa Toti, the company’s vice president of strategic and organizational engagement, told the Tribune on Thursday that there were 32 cases associated with the facility.
There have been a number discrepancies regarding coronavirus cases in senior living facilities, The Tribune previously reported.
At Bethany Life, the first long-term care facility in the county to have a COVID-19 outbreak, the state reported 20 cases of the virus, with 17 people recovering. But Betsy Warburton, the facility’s CEO, said there were 21 cases involving staff and residents, and all of the people have recovered, except two residents who died, the Tribune previously reported.
Multiple attempts to reach officials at the Iowa Department of Public Health with questions about the discrepancies have been unsuccessful.
As of 10 a.m. Thursday, state health officials reported 670 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Iowa — the highest number this week — as well as seven additional deaths.
Throughout the state, over 33,000 residents have tested positive and 26,232 have fully recovered, according to the state’s coronavirus website.
Of the 352,106 individuals who have been tested, 9.4% of them were positive.
In Story County, of the 823 people who have tested positive, 426 have fully recovered, according to the state’s coronavirus website.
Nearly 9,000 county residents have been tested and 9.1% had positive results.