Iowa new positive coronavirus cases tops 26,000

DES MOINES (AP) — The number of new positive coronavirus cases has increased significantly recently as the state surpasses 26,000 positive cases and deaths are approaching 700, according to figures updated Monday.
Data from the Iowa Department of Public Safety shows total positive cases Sunday increased by 441 cases from Saturday’s total at the same time. Nearly 300 new positive cases were reported Saturday and 389 on Friday.
Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday that increased testing, especially in areas where outbreaks are expected, could result in increased positive results. She attributed spikes in new cases in some states including Florida and Arizona to increased testing in areas where surges were expected.
Data posted by public health officials Monday indicated 26,048 Iowans now test positive, an increase of 183 cases in 24 hours. One additional person died, bringing the state total to 686 deaths.
Iowa ranks 12th in the nation in the number of cases per 100,000 people with 807.8 cases per 100,000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nebraska ranks 11th with 917.8 cases per 100,000.
Some counties in Iowa, however, have extremely high rates. Buena Vista county has 8,359 cases per 100,000, the CDC reported. Crawford and Louisa counties exceed 3,000 cases per 100,000.
Also Monday, the University of Iowa Athletic Department reported it had conducted 40 coronavirus tests during the week ending Sunday on student-athletes, coaches and staff. Of those, nine tested positive, bringing the athletic department’s total to 12 positive tests. There have been 374 negative tests.

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