Two more Story County residents have died due to COVID-19, state health officials reported on Tuesday.
There have been four confirmed deaths over the past two days due to the virus, and the death total for the county has reached eight, according to state data.
Steve Sullivan, a spokesperson for Mary Greeley Medical Center and Story County Public health, said that the age categories for the two decedents were middle-aged adults between the ages 41-60 and an elderly adult aged 80 and above. He could not release other information.
From Monday at 10 a.m. to Tuesday at 10 a.m., health officials reported seven new cases of the novel coronavirus within the county, bringing the county’s total number to 881, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s coronavirus website.
Thus far, a total of 9,692 individuals have been tested in the county, with 8,768 individuals receiving negative tests, the state reports.
Across Iowa, the state reported Tuesday that an additional 368 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Iowa and three more people have died from the virus.
The Iowa Department of Public Health was reporting 755 COVID-19-related deaths as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, an increase of three deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the state’s Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website.
A recent outbreak in Story County, which included eight of 35 cases confirmed on Monday, has been traced to Accura Healthcare of Ames, a long-term facility located at 3440 Grand Ave., which now has a total of 35 positive cases, according to the state.
Since Monday, attempts to reach Accura Healthcare about its status have been unsuccessful.
Of the nearly 900 confirmed cases throughout the county, 465 individuals have fully recovered from the virus, according to the state’s coronavirus website.