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Health officials report two additional deaths due to COVID-19 within Story County

David Mullen
Staff Writer
State health officials reported two additional deaths in Story County due to COVID-19 since Friday. File Photo

Two more Story County residents have died due to COVID-19, state health officials reported over the weekend.

Steve Sullivan, a spokesperson for Mary Greeley Medical Center and Story County Public health, said that one of the residents was over 81 years old, and the other was between 61 and 80 years old. He could not release other information.

From Friday at 10 a.m. to Monday at 10 a.m., health officials reported 37 new cases of the novel coronavirus within the county, bringing the county’s total number to 872, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s coronavirus website.

Eight of 37 cases confirmed over the weekend have been traced back to Accura Healthcare of Ames, a long-term facility located at 3440 Grand Ave., which now has a total of 35 positive cases.

Lisa Toti, the vice president of strategic and organizational engagement at Accura Health, told the Tribune on Thursday that there were 27 residents and five staff members who have tested positive for the virus.

Attempts to reach officials from Accura Healthcare about the facility’s current status were unsuccessful on Monday.

On Friday, the state reported that the facility had 27 total cases, which is lower than what the facility has reported. Several days earlier the state reported the facility had only 13 cases, when the facility reported having 32 total cases.

Attempts to reach IDPH officials about these number discrepancies have been unsuccessful over the past two weeks.

The state identified Accura Healthcare of Ames as having an outbreak on July 2, when three residents and three staff members tested positive, the Tribune previously reported.

Attempts to reach officials from Accura Healthcare about their current status were unsuccessful on Monday.

Sullivan confirmed the additional cases and deaths on Monday.

Of the nearly 900 confirmed cases throughout the county, 465 individuals have fully recovered from the virus, according to the state’s coronavirus website.

Since testing first began in Iowa, over 9,600 county residents have been tested for the novel coronavirus, and are testing positive at a 9.1% rate, which is slightly lower than the state’s 9.4% positivity rate.

Throughout the state, health officials reported 460 new cases over a 24-hour period as well as three additional deaths.

Ever since health officials reported the first official case of COVID-19 within the borders of Iowa, more than 35,500 individuals have tested positive for the virus, which has led to the deaths of 752 Iowans as of 10 a.m. on Monday.