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Wright County COVID-19 positives double

CLARION — The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Wright County has doubled from 20 to 41 since the beginning of the week.

That spike in positive test results is due to the increased testing efforts at the county’s larger employers, said Karl Helgevold, a Wright County supervisor and the county’s public information officer.

Helgevold had confirmed on Monday that Wright County Public Health was coordinating with large employers in Wright County to have their employees tested for the novel coronavirus.

“This is because we are doing the proactive testing in our businesses,” Helgevold said. “We’re actively testing and we’re finding the positives.”

Helgevold said with the increased testing efforts, the county expected this spike in positive tests. The testing efforts will continue through the rest of the week.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, 783 Wright County residents have been tested for COVID-19, with the 41 positives making up 5.2 percent of the tests. There have been 742 negative test results.

About 6.1 % of the population of Wright County has been tested.

Six COVID-19 patients in Wright County have recovered.

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