Two new deaths and six new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the four northwesternmost Iowa counties on Monday, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. One of the new cases remains listed as probable. In addition to the new cases, there were also 26 deaths. The death toll is now up to 21,687.
As for number of new COVID-19 cases locally, Stearns County had 12, Sherburne County had 6 and Benton County had 2.
For a third straight day, Westmoreland County recorded new cases in the double digits, something that hasn't happened since early November. While exact dates of death aren't yet finalized, the state reported 182 deaths during January as opposed to 224 deaths reported in December. Sioux County has 236 active cases. The new cases bring Lehigh County's case count to 28,240 and Northampton County's up to 23,585.
Saturday's update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control showed Arizona continuing to lead the nation in average cases per capita over the last seven days but now ranking second to Alabama in coronavirus deaths. Three new cases were reported in Sioux County. Lehigh County has had 689 of them, and Northampton County has had 571.
Hoosiers age 70 and older, along with healthcare workers, long-term care residents and first responders, are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.