Story County’s cases up 326% since June 1

David Mullen
Staff Writer
Since June 1, Story County's COVID-19 numbers are up 326%. File Photo

State health officials reported 42 new coronavirus cases in Story County over the last 24-hours, the highest number since last Friday when 66 cases were reported.

From March 20 through May 31, Story County only had 127 reported cases, however, since June 1, there has been a 326.6% increase in cases, as 75% of the county’s cases have been confirmed by health officials.

Despite a statewide trend of cases on the decline, in Story County over the last two weeks 346 of the 407 confirmed cases this month have been reported.

Steve Sullivan a spokesperson for Mary Greeley Medical Center and Story County Public Health confirmed the additional cases, but did not know where they were tested or their status.

Due to the growing case numbers within the county, several local businesses have decided to close their doors for the second time in four months until the numbers begin to drop. Story County’s Board of Health also decided to issue recommendations for businesses, social and religious gatherings, day cares, schools and Iowa State University in an attempt to mitigate the rise in numbers.

Sullivan has repeatedly told the Tribune that the recent uptick in cases has been affecting people within the 19 to 25-year-old range more than any other demographic.

On June 12, the Tribune reported that Iowa State University’s athletic department confirmed that 10 student-athletes had tested positive for the virus, and since the department has consistently declined to give an update on the situation.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported 258 new cases throughout the state as well as two more deaths.

Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Iowa in March, 26,601 state residents have tested positive for the virus, which has led to the deaths of 690 deaths, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s coronavirus website.

In Story County, over 6,100 residents have been tested for the virus and of them 8.9% have tested positive, according to state health officials.

Of the nearly 650 residents that have tested positive for the virus 149 individuals have fully recovered, while three county residents, including two from Bethany Life, a long-term care facility in Story City have died.