Officials report lowest number of COVID-19 cases in two weeks

David Mullen
Staff Writer
Four cases of COVID-19 were reported by state health officials on Tuesday, which is the lowest number over a 24-hour span in two weeks2. File photo

Three additional cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Story County by state health officials as of 10 a.m. on Tuesday, which is the lowest number reported in a 24-hour span since June 16.

Of the 680 COVID-19 cases confirmed by health officials throughout the county as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, 231 individuals had fully recovered, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s coronavirus website. A total of three Story County residents have died as a result of the illness, the state reports.

On Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced changes to how the state will report recovered individuals. A patient will now be considered fully recovered after 28 consecutive days without the virus, prior health officials would reach out to individuals after 10 days.

“Beginning this week, Iowans will be considered recovered after 28 days following a positive test, unless we receive information that they’re hospitalized or not recovered,” Reynolds said. “The update was made last night to the number of Iowans recovered and it brings the total to nearly 23,000 Iowans.”

Since June 1, there has been a surge in positive cases confirmed in the county, and at least half of them have been in the 18- to 25-year-old demographic, said Steve Sullivan, a spokesperson for Mary Greeley Medical Center and Story County Public Health.

Although there have been a total of 553 cases or 81% of the county’s total cases have been diagnosed throughout the month of June, Sullivan is hopeful that the rise in cases is beginning to trend downward.

“We’ve had lower amounts of cases reported over the past several days, so hopefully that can continue,” Sullivan said.

On Tuesday, Reynolds announced that over 300,000 state residents have been tested and nearly 80,000 of them have been through TestIowa.

In Story County, more than 7,500 residents have been tested since the pandemic began and have tested positive at a 9% rate, according to IDPH’s coronavirus website.

As of Tuesday at 10 a.m., 28,941 Iowans had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which has led to the deaths of 712 individuals throughout the state of Iowa.