First coronavirus-related death in Iowa confirmed

Iowa map of coronavirus cases as of March 24, 2020
Iowa map of coronavirus cases as of March 24, 2020

A Dubuque County resident between 61 and 80 years old has become the first person in Iowa to die as a result of the novel coronavirus, the state said late Tuesday.

No other details were released, including whether the individual had other health issues or had been hospitalized.

“Our hearts are heavy with the first loss of an Iowan to COVID-19. The thoughts and prayers of our state are with the family during this difficult time,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement. “I continue to urge all Iowans to protect their health and the health of others, especially older individuals and those with chronic health conditions who are most at risk. We all have a role to play in limiting the spread of this virus.”

Since Iowa reported its first COVID-19 cases on March 8, a total of six have been reported in Dubuque County as of Tuesday evening.

Iowa has 124 known cases of the virus in 30 counties, a sharp increase in only days.

As of Tuesday afternoon, a total of 17 people in Iowa were hospitalized as a result of the virus.

More than 2,400 tests have been conducted at the state hygienic lab or at private labs since they started reporting, according to state data.