Davis County continues to have lowest vaccination rate in Iowa

A press release from Governor Kim Reynolds’ office late Monday afternoon announced a federal judge overturned Iowa’s ban on public school mask mandates.

“Today, a federal judge unilaterally overturned a state law, ignored the decision by our elected legislature and took away parents’ ability to decide what’s best for their child.

“We will appeal and exercise every legal option we have to uphold state law and defend the rights and liberties afforded to any American citizen protected by our constitution,” Reynolds said.

Meanwhile, Iowa’s COVID cases continue to climb with 9,167 positive tests being recorded in the last seven days.

A total of 459,617 Iowans have now officially tested positive for the virus since testing began.

In the last seven days, Iowa has recorded 30 deaths from COVID. Six thousand, three hundred and thirty-seven Iowans have died from the virus.

Coronavirus.iowa.gov Monday reported 64.6% of Iowans 18 and above are now fully vaccinated against the virus and 67.2% of Iowans 12 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Statistics show 89.5% of COVID patients in Iowa Intensive Care Units are not fully vaccinated, and 80.3% hospitalized because of COVID are not fully vaccinated.

There are now 20 long-term care COVID outbreaks in the state.

Davis County’s vaccination rates continue to be “at the bottom of the heap” when compared to other counties across the state.

Davis County has a vaccination rate of 42.8% for those 18 and above — the lowest in the state. Other counties with slightly higher vaccination rates are Decatur, 43.5%; Van Buren, 45%; Mahaska, 47%; Sioux, 47.2%; Jefferson, 47.2%; Lyon, 47.5%; and Lucas, 49.5%.

All other Iowa counties have vaccination rates above 50%.

This week Davis County topped the 1,000 mark for total cases with a figure of 1,001. There have been 12 cases diagnosed in the last seven days.

Local Hy-Vee Pharmacist Amanda Mathews says she has plenty of vaccine in stock, but she has given fewer doses in the last week. Hy-Vee is preparing for booster shots and before long will be giving those shots to individuals who received their second shot in February.

Mylo Wells of Wells Hometown Drug said vaccine numbers are steady. Healthcare workers who first received the vaccine will soon be eligible to receive booster shots.

“Everyone has to be eight months out from their first dose,” he said.

The Iowa Department of Public Health has posted a notice on coronavirus.iowa.gov saying, “Iowans diagnosed with COVID-19 may be able to reduce the severity of symptoms and prevent bad outcomes by receiving antibody treatment. These antibodies can reduce the amount of virus in your body. Antibodies do not contain the virus that causes COVID-19.

“It’s important to do this before symptoms progress to ensure the best possible outcome. Iowans should talk with their healthcare provider about whether this is an option for them.”