Officials: Virus outbreak hits Iowa boys detention center

July 28, 2020 GMT

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Iowa reported an outbreak of coronavirus at Iowa’s detention center and school for male juvenile offenders in Eldora.

Twelve students and five staff members at Eldora Boys State Training School have tested positive for the virus, television station KCCI reported. The first case at the facility was reported last week.

All students and staff at the center are now being tested, officials said. The school holds about 70 youth from across the state.

News of the outbreak comes as state health data released Tuesday showed seven more COVID-19 deaths and another 253 confirmed cases from the day before. The latest figures bring the state’s totals to 836 deaths and 42,738 confirmed cases since the outbreak began.


The state’s coronavirus tracking portal also showed that of those who have tested positive, 30,476 have recovered. The total number of people tested in Iowa stood at 458,792 as Tuesday morning.

The site also showed an uptick in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iowa, to 253 on Tuesday from 241 on Monday. Of those, 75 patients in intensive care units, down from 78 on Monday.