• Another 5,012 Iowans tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days. A total of 76,968 Iowans have tested positive for the virus so far, and 1,248 have died from COVID-19. 

 

  • Polk, Johnson, and Story Counties make up for 38.3% of new COVID cases. According to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Iowa had 151 new cases per 100,000 population last week, compared to the 74 per 100,000 national average. 

 

  • Younger Iowans, ages 18-40, make up the highest percentage of positive cases at 49%. With 13% of Iowans infected being asymptomatic, Iowans are encouraged to continue to take precautions including social distancing and wearing a mask in public places. According to the CDC, you should not get tested until three days after exposure and self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results.

 

  • This week Governor Kim Reynolds reopened bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and nightclubs in four out of the six Iowa counties that were previously asked to close last month. However, Johnson and Story County bars are to remain closed to mitigate COVID-19 transmission. A reminder that Iowa businesses that were asked to temporarily close are now eligible for the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program.The application period began Sept. 10 and will be open for two weeks. More information can be found at iowabusinessrecovery.com.

 

  • The Reynolds Administration told Iowa long-term care facilities it will no longer conduct routine testing to prevent outbreaks. The state is doing the testing in order to identify cases of COVID-19 before it starts to spread throughout the entire facility. As of this morning, there are 39 current outbreaks at long-term care facilities with 925 individuals positive. Out of the 1,248 total deaths in Iowa, 657 have occurred at these facilities. That is over 50% of all deaths in Iowa.