• In the last seven days, 3,725 new cases of COVID were reported and three days hit over 700 positive cases. The last time Iowa had that many positive cases was May 2. Unfortunately, there were 38 additional deaths this week, bringing the total to 777. Hospitalizations have gone up to 195, with 65 patients in the ICU. 30 Iowans were admitted to the hospital in the past 24 hours.

 

  • Younger Iowans ages 18-40 continue to make up the highest percentage of positive cases at 49%. Polk, Woodbury, Black Hawk, Buena Vista and Johnson are the top 5 counties with the highest reported cases. 

 

  • Iowans are currently under a mandatory 14 day self-quarantine if traveling from Iowa to one of the following states/cities including Alaska, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Chicago. 

 

  • In Iowa, a confirmed 13% of Iowans who have tested positive for COVID are asymptomatic or presymptomatic. Because of this, Iowans are encouraged to limit contact with others and if you are in public to wear a face covering and social distance. 

 

  • As COVID cases continue to rise to record highs, many Iowans continue to be concerned about the number of COVID tests available through Test Iowa leaving many unable to get tested. The $26 million testing program is supposed to allow any Iowan who wants a test to get one for free. 

 

  • State Auditor Rob Sand released an audit revealing that COVID test results from the Test Iowa program are not being immediately reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health as required by law.  Instead, once the test results are analyzed by the State Hygienic Laboratory in Coralville, they are sent to two private, Utah-based companies involved in the Test Iowa program and then to a separate state office, making the public health department the fourth place to receive them.

 

  • Another 11,125 Iowans filed initial claims for unemployment last week, up from last weeks 10,698. This is the second week in a row that unemployment claims have risen.  Currently, people on unemployment receive an extra $600 a week which is paid for by the federal government.  Unless Congress acts before the end of the month, the extra payment will stop on July 31st.