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Benton County has topped more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 since March. See the table below for all of the numbers.

(The governor has just issued a new proclamation limiting social gatherings Indoors as well as other restrictions. This will be posted as soon as it is available.)

Please remember that masks only stop droplets aka moisture carrying the virus. They do not stop the spread of the virus alone. The virus is so small it will travel through the mask, please don't get overly confident just because you are wearing a mask. A properly worn mask, will help to reduce droplets leaving the mouth which will help reduce the transmission.

If you are sick, please stay home. If you think it's just a cold, get tested. A mask won't stop you from spreading the virus.

Region 6: Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn, and Winneshiek.

Last Thursday Monday evening

804 Positive cases since March 1073 Benton Co.

246 Hospitalized 297 Region 6

849 beds available 896 Region 6

116 ICU beds available 117 Region 6

43 In the ICU 32 Region 6

51 Admitted in the last day 33 Region 6

12 on ventilators 14 Region 6

161 Ventilators available 155 Region 6

6 Deaths 6 Benton Co.

38 Cases in the Lutheran Home 40

4 Keystone Nursing Care 5

- Serology 17 Benton Co.

- Recovered 410 Benton Co.

Active cases 663

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Rosemary Schwartz November 10, 2020, 1:51 pm What!! According to the right wing Covid is a Democratic hoax that would magically disappear after the election. Can't where a mask and be a MAGA supporter, social distancing is just a way for the government to control you. All the while cases and deaths are going up. Does a member of your family or friends have to die before some will accept that Covid is not going anywhere? The hoax is believing the soon-to-be ex-resident of the White House.
Mike Golden November 10, 2020, 2:17 pm You said "Please remember that masks only stop droplets aka moisture. They do not stop the spread of the virus" Really? What's the point? Editor’s note: It might’ve been better to have said, “droplets that carry the virus “the virus is airborne as well. Most masks do not stop the airborne part of the virus.
Patty Morgan November 10, 2020, 2:32 pm Rosemary, You must be a real joy to know in person!
Rosemary Schwartz November 10, 2020, 4:58 pm Thank you Patty That's the nicest thing you have ever said!
Marlyn Duncan November 10, 2020, 9:41 pm I wear a Mask, Yes maybe someone's life will be saved. Our expert medical people wear Proper equipment for a REASON. Let save more lives, RIGHT !!!
Tamara Stark November 11, 2020, 12:54 pm This is for all of you that refuse to wear a mask or deny that masks help prevent the spread of Covid 19. I tested positive for Covid 19 yesterday, 11/10/20. Would any of you like to come over and hang out? Maybe bring me some groceries...or maybe I could come to YOUR house and hang out? Or maybe I can come in to your office to see how things are going? Would any of you want to drive me to a dr. appointment or ride a bus with me? Maybe we'll see your Mom or Grandma while we're out. I don't know where I contracted this virus, but I WOULD be willing to bet that wherever it was, someone that had Covid 19 did NOT have their mask on. If wearing a damn mask is the smallest thing you can do, why not be a better human and just DO IT. OR, if you really want to refuse to wear one, be quiet about it and stay home. If you continue to think this is a joke or a political stunt, I'll be happy to sit down and talk with you face to face, mask free, of course. Why is it so hard to believe and follow the advice of our medical profession? Not the ones you see on TV, but your very own personal provider? Do you know something we don't? My daughter is an RN and frequently works the Covid unit at her hospital. Would you like to talk to her about how you think a mask doesn't help? I'm sure there's a LOT she would like to talk to YOU about as well. I don't want to start a war of words here, I really would rather end one. Stay home or mask up. It really is that simple.
CA Mag November 11, 2020, 2:27 pm Rosemary, This is not the time for political bashing.
Darrin Lindsey November 11, 2020, 5:45 pm How can there only be 804 cases since March, in Region 6, when Benton County has over 1007? Editor’s Note: If you look at the top of that column the numbers on the left were numbers from last Thursday and on the right are numbers from the following Monday.
Rosemary Schwartz November 11, 2020, 8:31 pm I agree it should not be the time. That time was months ago when our President was told how deadly this virus is and chose to ignore, lie, and advance conspiracy theories downplaying what we needed to do to contain the virus. How many times have we heard that we are “rounding the corner”, that it would just go away, ridiculed mask wearing and medical professionals, stoked unrest with shouts of liberate Michigan etc. How many people are now testing positive because they attended one of his ego busting rallies, three of those rallies affecting Iowans? It did not have to be this way if only we had a leader who actually cared about the people he serves. I did not make this political. The President did.
Patty Morgan November 12, 2020, 12:33 pm Dear Tami, I really am sorry that you have contracted the virus. However, you are accusing some unknown person who didn’t wear a mask as the reason for your contracting the virus. If masks are supposed to prevent the disease were you wearing one? If so that argument just went out the window. If not it is only your fault. I lean toward this. It is air borne and it is everywhere now with the many cases we have in our area. We’re all going to get it. Chances are those reading this will be fine. Herd immunity would help protect our vulnerable. Treatment has improved since March. We all need to dial it down in our anger, and be grateful that we have the care that we do. Do what we can but stop blaming everyone for a virus that so far, in the history of mankind has never been contained. Dr. Fauci himself early on said that masks don’t work...BEFORE he got political. Unless we all walk around in hazmat suits there really isn’t a sure way to protect yourself. Wash your hands frequent, DON’T touch your face, and for the sake of everyone STAY home if you’re sick!! Eat healthy, rest, and use common sense. But let’s all be kind to one another. The idea that we are going to STOP this virus is insane. SLOW it maybe. Flattening the curve maybe. But please everyone, dial it down. Anger and fear is not going to help our immune systems. The virus is here. Be kind, help where you can, and do what you can to not spread the virus. But understand catching it is probably no one’s fault. Not yours if you get it, not yours if you had no idea you had it and didn’t know it and accidentally spread it. We aren’t living in a sterile environment. Do what you can, but always, always be kind. Survival rates are on our side. Our community should come up with a plan to better protect our elderly they are the ones NOT surviving this!
Marshall Whitaker November 12, 2020, 3:31 pm Tried to get tested, but was told at the clinic that they are no longer taking patients, can someone explain this
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