The 21st case of COVID-19 in Story County in a week was confirmed by health officials Monday — the largest number of verified cases in the county over a seven-day span to date.
As of Monday morning, 61 Story County residents had tested positive for COVID-19, and nine of those had been reported since Friday by the Iowa Department of Public Health. The previous county record of 20 positive cases within a seven-day span had been set on Friday after 14 cases were reported within 48 hours.
Steve Sullivan, a spokesperson for Mary Greeley Medical Center, confirmed the additional cases, but did not immediately know where the patients had been tested or their current status.
Sullivan previously told the Tribune the growing number of cases being confirmed was not a surprise. He pointed to the easing of restrictions on who can be tested, the institution of more widely available testing under the TestIowa program and and Mary Greeley’s ability to get tests resultsin 90 minutes.
According to the state health department, 1,220 Story County residents have been tested for the novel coronavirus, with 5% resulting in confirmed cases.
Gov. Kim Reynoldsin her daily press conference Monday announced 414 new positive cases of COVID-19 as well as six deaths.
As of Monday, 12,373 total Iowans hasd tested positive for COVID-19, which has resulted in the deaths of 271 individuals statewide.