-COVID-19 Tama County update-

The News-Chronicle

The death toll rose to 21 in loss of life in Tama County attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic according to the Iowa Department of Health report available on Wednesday, May 20.

Also reported was a total of 367 positive cases have been diagnosed in the county and 207 persons have recovered.


Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced during her Wednesday morning press conference additional activities are to be allowed but under questioning stressed casinos in the state are not now included. She said casino and state officials have been in consultation on opening procedures.

The casinos were shuttered along with businesses and services considered non-essential in mid-March due to the COVID-19 health emergency.

Summer Sports

The Governor announced high school baseball and softball are expected to get underway with guidance from the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

Brett Bagnall, South Tama activities director, told The News-Chronicle practice for summer sports is planned to begin on June 1.

Sanitizer Available

Tama County Public Health and Home Care has advised vats of hand sanitizer are now located at the Tama Police Department and by Traer City Hall. Beginning yesterday, Thursday, May 21, the public can take clean empty containers between the hours of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. to either location if you are in need of hand sanitizer for your family.

“Take only what you need. It is liquid, once you return home it is recommended it is put in a spray type bottle for use. Remember to social distance and wear a mask when you go.”

The Tama County agency also reported “Since the start of the COVID 19 pandemic it was understood that personal protective equipment (PPE) would be in short supply. So many people have worked together across the county and state to make sure our essential workers and communities are safe.

“Meskwaki Clinic shared N95 masks, Tama County EMA (Mindy Benson)has worked with the National Guard for weeks to make sure our Healthcare providers, especially long term care, receive PPE. She also received donated face shields from ISU.

“Tama Chief of Police Jason Bina, worked to secure gallons of donated hand sanitizer via Homeland Energy Solutions in Lawler and The Foundry in West Des Moines,

Tama County Maintenance Supervisor Dirk Henle received hand sanitizer from Cedar Ridge Winery in Swisher and TCPH worked with John Deere and received 500 donated face shields which were shared county wide with medical clinics, EMS, Law Enforcement, LTC and other community partners.