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COVID-19: One new death, 98 more cases in Story County

Iowa surpasses 2,000 COVID-19-related deaths statewide

Isabella Rosario
Ames Tribune

An additional 98 COVID-19 cases and one death were confirmed in Story County from Monday to Tuesday, the state's coronavirus website reported at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

At that time, the website showed 5,623 individuals in Story County had tested positive for the virus — up from Monday's total of 5,525. 

Overall, 19 people with COVID-19 in Story County have died, according to the state. 

COVID-19 is the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

Of the Story County residents who have tested positive, 3,869 have recovered, the state reported. Story County's 14-day average positivity rate is 16.9%, the state reported Tuesday, down from Monday's positivity rate of 17.5%. 

To date, a total of 37,797 Story County residents have been tested for the virus. 

Iowa reported a record number of new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, as new mask regulations took effect in the state. 

On Monday evening, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that all people ages 2 and older must wear a face covering when in an indoor space that is open to the public. Her order applies when people who are not members of the same household will be within 6 feet of one another for 15 minutes or more. There are several exceptions.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the state was reporting 2,024 COVID-19-related deaths, an increase of 33 deaths since the state's tally at 10 a.m. Monday, according to the state's Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website. Iowa surpassed 2,000 deaths late Monday.

The state was reporting that there are 190,583 confirmed cases of coronavirus at 10 a.m. Tuesday, an increase of 3,563 since 10 a.m. Monday. 

Hospitalizations continue to increase across the state with 1,510 people hospitalized in Iowa, up from 1,392 the day prior. 

Of those who tested positive, 108,174 have recovered. The state has tested 1,105,476 people. 

The Ames Tribune uses data from the Iowa Department of Public Health to report daily totals of Iowans and Story County residents tested for the coronavirus and those who have tested positive for the virus each day. Since the pandemic began in spring, the state has made changes and corrections to how it reports that data and the data does not always agree with numbers reported from other sources.