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Additional 170 COVID-19 cases reported in Story County; 38 more COVID-19-related death across state

Danielle Gehr
Ames Tribune

An additional 170 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Story County from Wednesday to Thursday, the state's coronavirus website reported at 10 a.m. Thursday.

At that time, the website showed 5,928 individuals in Story County had tested positive for the virus — up from Wednesday's total of 5,758.

Overall, 19 people with COVID-19 in Story County have died, according to the state. 

COVID-19 is the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

Of the Story County residents who have tested positive, 3,919 have recovered, the state reported. Story County's 14-day average positivity rate is 16.5%, the state reported Thursday.

To date, a total of 38,525 Story County residents have been tested for the virus.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, the state was reporting 2,102 COVID-19-related deaths, an increase of 38 deaths since the state's tally at 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the state's Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website. The state had 40 COVID-19-related deaths from Tuesday to Wednesday, the largest one-day increase in Iowa.

The state was reporting that there are 198,674 confirmed cases of coronavirus at 10 a.m. Thursday, an increase of 4,195 since 10 a.m. Wednesday. 

Across the state, 1,516 people were hospitalized Wednesday, down from 1,527 the day prior. 

Of those who tested positive, 112,778 have recovered. The state has tested 1,133,891 people. 

The Ames Tribune uses data from the Iowa Department of Public Health to report daily totals of Iowans and Story County residents tested for the coronavirus and those who have tested positive for the virus each day. Since the pandemic began in spring, the state has made changes and corrections to how it reports that data and the data does not always agree with numbers reported from other sources.

Danielle Gehr is a politics and government reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at dgehr@gannett.com, phone at (515) 663-6925 or on Twitter at @Dani_Gehr.