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Public Health COVID Update

By Staff | May 4, 2021

Sarah Strohman, Director of Palo Alto County Public Health, provided a brief COVID-19 update earlier this week.

According to Strohman, the current positivity rate in Palo Alto County is at 3 percent, with five new cases in the last seven days.

As of Tuesday morning, April 27, Palo Alto County has had 1,173 total cases of COVID since the pandemic began. Unfortunately, 21 individuals in the county have died due to COVID.


As of this week, 31.7 percent of Palo Alto County has been vaccinated. In the county’s 65 and older population, 72 percent have received vaccination, while 41 percent of those aged 18 -64 have been vaccinated.

The Palo Alto County mask mandate will continue until the end of the school year. Please follow mask guidelines while in public settings.  

Public Health has received permission to resume the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and is planning a clinic for the first week of May. More information will be available soon.

Please visit www.pachs.com or Palo Alto County Health System, Iowa on Facebook for the latest details regarding COVID vaccinations.