May 15, 2021

Number of coronavirus cases in Iowa tops 80,000 on Sunday

DES MOINES (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in Iowa has exceeded 80,000.

State health officials reported 881 new virus cases as of 10 a.m. Sunday to give Iowa 80,009 cases since the pandemic began. There was also one additional death reported since Saturday at 10 a.m., giving the state 1,265 deaths linked to the coronavirus, according to Iowa's online virus tracker.

The state said Iowa had an 8.7% positivity rate over the past 14 days, but ten Iowa counties reported positivity rates over 15% over the past 14 days. The high rate means that public schools in Sioux, Lyon, Osceola, Crawford, Plymouth, Winnebago, Sac, Henry, Ida and Woodbury counties may be able to apply for a state waiver to provide instruction entirely online.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered schools to hold at least half of their instruction in person unless the districts have a 10% absentee rate and the county they are located in has a positivity rate of at least 15%.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Iowa decreased over the past two weeks, going from 841.86 new cases per day on Sept. 5 to 764.57 new cases per day on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.