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COVID-19 in Iowa: 37 new cases in Story County, state reports

Tribune staff report

An additional 37 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Story County, the state's coronavirus website showed at 10:30 a.m. Friday. No new deaths were reported.

At that time, state officials reported 8,310 positive cases in Story County, up from Thursday morning's total of 8,273. 

To date, a total of 32 Story County residents have died as a result of COVID-19, according to Iowa's coronavirus website. 

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

Of those who have tested positive for the virus in Story County, 7,428 individuals have recovered, according to the state. As of Friday, Story County's 14-day average positivity rate is 10.4%, down slightly from 10.5% Thursday. 

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To date, a total of 46,669 Story County residents have been tested for the virus.

Across the state, The Iowa Department of Public Health on Friday was reporting another 59 COVID-19 deaths, although the number of nursing home deaths skyrocketed on the state's website.

At 10 a.m. Friday, the state was reporting 4,124 COVID-19-related overall deaths, an increase of 59 deaths since the state's tally at 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the state's website. 

On the state's dashboard for nursing homes, however, the number of deaths increased by 538 on Friday. The IDPH sent an email Thursday announcing that the new methods the state implemented in December for COVID-19 deaths hadn't been reflected on that dashboard. The nursing home deaths had been counted in the overall numbers.

The state was reporting at 10 a.m. Friday that there are 293,452 confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase of 2,058 since 10 a.m. Thursday. 

The total number of people tested is 1,386,187, according to the state. Of the people who have tested positive, 253,488 have recovered.

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 the 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.