Winneshiek County Public Health Director Krista Vanden Brink says Winneshiek County had 350 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the month of December. That's lower than November's total of 430 confirmed cases, but second highest for 2020. "We are anticipating a small increase in early January," says Vanden Brink, "because of holiday traveling by county residents."
Compared to last Monday, five of the six counties in NE Iowa report a decline in active COVID-19 cases. Winneshiek County reports 276 active cases (down from 358), Allamakee County reports 247 active cases (down from 315), Clayton County reports 166 active cases (down from 184), and Chickasaw County reports 106 active cases (down from 143). Howard County is the only county in the region to report an increase in active cases compared to one week ago — 145 (up from 135).
Monday's figures show Fayette County with 1,438 total cases, Clayton County with 1,410 total cases, Winneshiek County with 1,399 total cases, Allamakee County with 1,196 total cases, Chickasaw County with 1,050 total cases, and Howard County with 747 total cases.
Clayton County reports the highest death rate in NE Iowa with 46, followed by Allamakee County with 26, Fayette County with 21, Winneshiek County with 19, Howard County with 17, and Chickasaw County with 11 deaths. The total for the six-county region of northeast Iowa is 140 COVID-related deaths.