State health officials reported 29 new cases of the novel coronavirus over the last 24 hours, as Story County’s cases continue to rise.
Steve Sullivan, a spokesperson for Mary Greeley Medical Center and Story County Public Health, confirmed the additional cases but did not have information about where the individuals were tested or their status.
During a press conference on Thursday, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Iowa’s Emergency Proclamation will be extended for an additional 30 days. The proclamation, first implemented in March, was set to expire Thursday evening at 11:59 p.m.
“The extension of the proclamation will remained focused on activity on actively managing COVID-19 in Iowa,” Reynolds said. “We continue to assess virus activity and the progress of our response efforts on a daily basis as we have from the very start.”
Reynolds said more than 50% of the state’s roughly 6,600 positive cases have been in individuals between the ages of 18 and 40.
Story County’s spike
As of 10 a.m. on Thursday, a total of 572 Story County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those cases, 152 individuals have recovered and three have died as a result of the virus.
Since the beginning of June, Story County has seen an uptick in the number of cases. From March 20 through May 31, health officials reported only 127 cases, which is 74 cases fewer than what has been confirmed by health officials over the last seven days, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s coronavirus website.
Over the last two weeks, Sullivan told the Tribune, the recent uptick in cases has occurred in individuals between the ages of 19 to 25-years-old.
Since the beginning of the month, the county’s long-term care facility, Bethany Life, confirmed an outbreak within their facility, and Iowa State University’s Athletics Department confirmed 10 student-athletes tested positive for the virus.
After the initial reporting by the Tribune, Bethany Life has had a total of nine residents and four staff members test positive for COVID-19.
Iowa State has said there is no update on athletic department’s outbreak since June 12.
In response to the recent spike in cases, several businesses have closed incuding Macubana, Cafe Beaudelaire and West Towne Pub.
Over 400 new cases reported in Iowa on Thursday
On Thursday, state health officials reported 461 new cases of COVID-19, which is the highest number of cases reported this week, as well as four additional deaths in the state.
Reynolds said TestIowa had “shattered” its “3,000 tests a day” goal over the last week.
“On Monday, 3,790 Iowans were tested at our TestIowa sites across the site, 3,597 were tested on Tuesday and another 3,586 were tested on Wednesday,” Reynolds said.
Since the first case was reported in Iowa at the beginning of March, more than 27,000 Iowans have tested positive for the virus, which has resulted in 694 deaths.
In Story County, more than 6,300 individuals have been tested for the virus and 9% have tested positive.