Iowa State Department of Health's COVID-19 reporting service released new data today, indicating a total of 954 positive cases of COVID-19 and 12 virus-related deaths in Winneshiek County to date. The Nov. 27 report showed a statewide spike in the number of positive cases.

According to Nov. 27 data, of those 954  positive cases in Winneshiek County, 548 are listed as "recovered." There have been some hospitalizations in recent weeks, according to a Winneshiek County Public Health spokesperson.

In her weekly updates to the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors, Winneshiek County Public Health Administrator Krista Vanden Brink continued to stress the need for concern during the approaching winter months. She encouraged the public to avoid large gatherings, especially as holidays are approaching. Her staff continues 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 urged anyone with symptoms to seek medical attention and to stay home.

Data from nearby counties

In Allamakee County, there have been 768 cases to date, with 414 recovered. Howard County reports 541 positive cases and 273 recoveries. Chickasaw County reports 835 cases and 667 recoveries. Fayette County has 1,015 reported cases, with 437 recoveries; and Clayton County COVID-19 case totals are listed at 1,071 positive, and 537 cases reported recovered.

To date, Winneshiek County has reported 12 deaths attributed to COVID-19. Howard County reports nine deaths attributed to the virus. Allamakee County reports 11 deaths, Chickasaw County reports four deaths, Fayette County reports nine deaths, and Clayton County has had five deaths.

Public Health officials across the country highlighted 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 223,325 positive cases; 127,349 recovered and 2,349 deaths. Data is available online at coronavirus.iowa.gov. The public hotline is 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.