Three new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Story County by the Iowa Department of Public Health on Tuesday as Iowa’s total neared 13,000 cases.


Of the 12,912 Iowans who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, 64 are residents of Story County.


Steve Sullivan, a spokesperson for Mary Greeley Medical Center, confirmed the new cases and said two of the individuals were tested at a McFarland Clinic location and one was tested at Mary Greeley.


The past two weeks have brought a 56% surge in Story County’s COVID-19 cases, according to statistics from the state public health department.


During a press conference Tuesday morning, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced 539 new cases in Iowa and an additional 18 deaths due to COVID-19.


Since the first cases were announced to the public on March 8, there have been 289 deaths confirmed by the state health department due to the virus.


In Story County, there has only been one death associated with COVID-19, and of the 64 cases confirmed, 39 of the patients have fully recovered from the virus, according to the state health department.


Reynolds, in her press conference, also delayed until today an announcement about further business reopenings in Iowa.


Reynolds had said Monday that she would be making an announcement Tuesday about which parts of her public health proclamations would be allowed to expire as scheduled on Friday and which will be extended through the end of the month. But she said at her Tuesday news conference that she is continuing to review data with the Iowa Department of Health.


“I’m still reviewing some information with the Department of Public Health and my team today, and we’ll be announcing the new changes tomorrow,” she said. “I know that Iowans and businesses are eager to know what’s next. But as I’ve said all along, these decisions must be made carefully and driven by data.”


Last Friday, Reynolds allowed dental services to resume and campgrounds, drive-in theaters, tanning facilities and other businesses to reopen statewide if they meet certain requirements.


Businesses such as hair salons and barbershops have also remained closed statewide as of Monday. Restaurants and other businesses in 77 counties, including Story, have reopened with limitations, while restaurants in the remaining 22 counties with higher COVID-19 infection rates are limited to carryout and delivery only.


Des Moines Register reporter Nick Coltrain contributed to this article.