Updated data from the Iowa State Department of Health's COVID-19 reporting service indicate a total of 478 positive cases of COVID-19 and nine virus-related deaths in Winneshiek County to date. The Oct. 27 showed an area-wide increase in the number of positive cases.

According to Oct. 27 data, of the 478 positive cases in Winneshiek County, 367 are listed as "recovered." There have been some hospitalizations in recent weeks, according to a Winneshiek County Public Health spokesperson.

Winneshiek County Public Health Administrator Krista Vanden Brink continued to stress the need for frequent handwashing, social-distancing of at least six feet, and the use of face-coverings to minimize the spread of COVID-19. She also encouraged anyone with symptoms to seek medical attention and to stay home.

"It's hugely critical now," Vanden Brink told Decorah Newspapers, "It takes all of us to do all of it."

In Allamakee County, there have been 372 cases to date, with 258 recovered. Howard County reports 270 positive cases and 183 recoveries. Chickasaw County reports 361 cases and 328 recoveries. Fayette County has 381 cases reported, with 233 recoveries; and Clayton County totals are listed at 423 positive, and 317 cases reported recovered.

Winneshiek County has reported nine deaths attributed to COVID-19. Howard County reports nine deaths attributed to the virus. Allamakee County reports nine deaths, Chickasaw County reports one death, Fayette County reports four deaths, and Clayton County has had three deaths.

Public Health officials have stressed the importance of continued use of masks, frequent hand-washing and social-distancing, especially as cases continue to increase throughout the state. The State Department of Health reports a total for the state of 117,286 positive cases; 89,404 recovered; and 1,657 deaths.

Data is available online at coronavirus.iowa.gov. The public hotline is 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.