Five deaths from COVID-19 reported Wednesday in Muscatine County

According to a press release from Christy Roby Williams, Director of Muscatine County Public Health, five people in Muscatine County passed away from the COVID-19 virus on Wednesday. “It is with a heavy heart that I share we have experienced five additional deaths in our county within the past 24 hours. These are someone’s loved family members, friends, neighbors, and our community residents. The grief continues to grow for all of us during this difficult time. Please continue to keep everyone impacted by these losses in your positive thoughts for peace, love, comfort, and strength.”

She also encourages residents to reach out for help if their emotions surrounding COVID-19 become overwhelming. “Life has completely changed for all of us because of COVID-19,” said Roby Williams, “Social distancing guidelines are good for helping to slow the spread of the virus and protect vulnerable populations, but can be extremely difficult for many, especially if it means isolation from family, friends or co-workers. We are all experiencing grief right now; not only grief from death of loved ones but also for the normal routines we want back.”

Additional data for our county as of today:
-1097 Total People Tested from Muscatine County
-336 Total Positives (an increase of 7 since yesterday)
-14 Deaths in Muscatine County (this is five additional loss for our county since yesterday)
-153 Muscatine County Residents Recovered (45.5%)

Everyone in Muscatine County is encouraged to wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth if you must go in public, keep 6 feet between you and others when you go out, and wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds. If you feel mildly ill, stay home, and call your medical provider for guidance and further assessment.

If you are concerned about your own or a loved one’s mental health, including suicidal thoughts, their use of alcohol or drugs, or problems with gambling, visit YourLifeIowa.org for free and confidential phone, chat and text services, as well as links to local treatment
providers. For an immediate link to local resources you can visit the Eastern Iowa Mental Health and Disability Services Region website for mental health service providers at www.easterniowamhds.org or call their 24-hour crisis line at 844-430-0375. For local services
regarding concerns with substance use you can contact UnityPoint Health – New Horizons at
563-264-9409.