Plymouth County Now Reporting Second Death From COVID-19 (Updated)


Plymouth County Now Reporting Second COVID-19 Death

(Le Mars) — A second death has been reported in Plymouth County as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Floyd Valley Healthcare officials confirmed the death was an elderly male above the age of 81. The death is one of 522 reported
from across the state. The elderly man was not a resident of any long-term care nursing facility. According to local health officials, there still has not had any reports of positive COVID-19 virus within the long-term nursing care facilities in Le Mars. Plymouth County has now reported a total of 127 positive cases with 88 recoveries.


(Le Mars) — Plymouth County is reporting its first death associated with the COVID-19 virus. Tara Geddes, Plymouth County’s Community Health Director confirms the news.

More than half of the state’s deaths associated with the COVID-19 virus have been with elderly residents of long-term nursing care facilities. However, Geddes says the Plymouth County death was not from a long-term care nursing facility. In fact, according to Geddes, Plymouth County has been fortunate not to have any cases of the coronavirus detected at our long-term facilities.

The latest tally for positive COVID-19 cases in Plymouth County is listed at 119 cases, with 78 of those have fully recovered. The Community Health Director says we are starting to see the numbers stabilize.

Although Geddes says we are starting to have some good news regarding the containment of the virus, she anticipates the possibility of a second wave.

Geddes says of the 119 positive cases reported in Plymouth County, most are within the middle-age demographic.

Across the state and region, many meat processing facilities have fallen victim to having an outbreak, or more than ten percent of the workforce identified as being affected by the virus. Locally, Geddes says her office has worked closely with the large employers to mitigate the spread of the virus into their facilities.

The Plymouth County Community Health Director recommends people continue to wear a mask or face covering while in public, and to utilize space distancing.