Health officials: New coronavirus cases declining in county, but crisis not over
Health officials reported 15 new cases of coronavirus over the last 24 hours in Story County, as the number of new cases continues to decline compared to last month.
For the first seven days of July, through 10 a.m. Tuesday, there were 113 cases, for an average of 16 a day. In June, with 563 cases — 72.3% of the county’s total cases since the pandemic reached Iowa — the average was 19 a day.
Steve Sullivan, a spokesperson for Mary Greeley Medical Center and Story County Public Health, confirmed the additional cases, and said the majority of the individuals who tested positive were 18-25 years old. Information regarding where the they were tested and their current status was not immediately available.
Although the number throughout the county continues to rise, nearing 800, Sullivan said the downward trend of cases is something to be optimistic about.
“We’re always keeping an eye (on the trend), but it’s always business as usual in terms of how we’re managing things related to COVID-19,” Sullivan said. “We still have restrictions in place, (we’re) encouraging people to wear masks and wash their hands, but while the numbers are encouraging — nobody’s popping any champagne.”
Of the 793 county residents who have tested positive for the virus, 382 have fully recovered, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s coronavirus website. Three have died.
State health officials reported 273 new cases of COVID-19 throughout the state Tuesday, as well as four additional deaths.
Since Iowa’s first reported case of coronavirus in March, nearly 32,000 state residents have tested positive for the virus and 725 have died, according to the state’s coronavirus website.
In Story County, more than 8,000 residents have been tested for the virus, with an infection rate of 9.2%, according to the state’s coronavirus website.