As of Nov. 23, Jones County’s positivity rate still ranks as the highest in the county. However, the rate has seen a significant decrease over the previous week.

The county still added 371 cases over the week, but that number was down 41 cases from the previous case. Each day saw the county report double-digit cases, but the number did not see the heights reached the previous weeks where the highest positive case numbers reached triple figures. The county saw 533 cases added on Nov. 3 and 199 on Nov. 10.

The positivity rate, while still tops in the state, decreased from 50.9% to 37.3%.

Case counts at the Anamosa State Penitentiary have decreased significantly. According to the Department of Correction website, 85 inmates are currently positive, down from 256 the previous week. Recovered inmates are numbered 733 as of Nov. 23. The positives accounted for just more than one-third of the prison system’s 225 current positives.

Among staff, 47 were currently positive and 92 were considered recovered. Across the state prison system, there are 118 positives as of Nov. 23 in prison staff.

During this time, the prison added their third and fourth inmate deaths.

Robert William Sirovy was pronounced dead, likely due to complications related to COVID-19 and other preexisting medical conditions Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, according to an Iowa Department of Correction press release. He had been transported there recently from the Anamosa State Penitentiary due to his declining health. Sirovy was 64 years old. Sirovy had been incarcerated for multiple convictions of violation of Iowa Code 901A.2(3), Sexual Predator with Prior Convictions and Enhancements from Mahaska County. His sentence began on Oct. 20, 2006, and his discharge date would have been Dec. 14, 2132.

Timothy Christopher Bryant was pronounced dead, likely due to complications related to COVID-19 and other preexisting medical conditions at Sunday, Nov. 22, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. According to the Iowa Department of Correction press release, he had been taken to the hospitals several days earlier for more advanced care as his medical condition began to worsen. Bryant was 59 years old and had been serving a life sentence for the crime of kidnapping (first degree) from Polk County. His sentence began on Feb. 25, 1992.

The penitentiary has the most deaths in the correctional system. Fort Dodge has the second most with three. There have been nine inmate deaths across the state correctional system.

Total deaths in the county due to COVID-19 increased from eight to 12.

Among long term care centers, there have been 91 positive cases reported. Sixty-one of those cases were reported at the Anamosa Care Center, three of them reported in the last 14 days. None of the cases are classified as recovered, according to the state’s website.

In Linn County, the positivity rate as of Nov. 23 is 20.5%. according to Linn County’s website, there have been 132 cases reported in Springville’s zip code, with just 30 of those recovered. Nineteen current active cases have been reported in Linn County’s portion of the 52205 zip code.

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