• 3,046 new cases of COVID were reported in the last 7 days. Unfortunately, there were 22 additional deaths this week, bringing the total to 739. Hospitalizations have spiked to 168, when just two weeks ago there were 118. 

 

  • The new surge of COVID cases in Iowa is mostly concentrated in 10 Iowa counties where 60% of all new positive cases statewide have occurred. Younger Iowans ages 18 to 40 are now disproportionately testing positive, making up for 47% of all positive COVID tests as of early July. 

 

  • Many Iowans continue to be concerned about the number of COVID tests available through Test Iowa leaving many Iowans unable to get tested. It was also reported approximately 270 COVID tests were damaged in mid-June, mainly from two Test Iowa sites in Linn and Marshall counties.

 

  • A new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the impact of the COVID on workers at meat processing plants has found that 87% of people infected were racial or ethnic minorities. However, the number in Iowa is not known because Iowa officials refused to participate in the study despite having multiple outbreaks at processing plants.