226 new COVID-19 cases reported in Story County; New York Times names Ames top virus hotspot in U.S.
Iowa to start counting results of a relatively rapid type of coronavirus tests, which will increase the reported rates of infection in some counties. Des Moines Register
Another 226 COVID-19 cases were reported in Story County over the weekend, according to the state's coronavirus website.
By 10 a.m. Monday, the website showed that 2,362 individuals in Story County had tested positive for the virus — up 226 from the 11 a.m. Friday total of 2,136 cases. Of those reported, 1,132 had recovered, the state reported.
The state website showed Monday that Story County's average percentage of positive cases over the past 14 days was at 21.3% — nearly double the statewide figure of 10.9%.
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus.
The New York Times over the weekend identified Ames as a hotspot with the highest number in the country of new cases relative to its population over the last two weeks. According to the Times' figures, which are different from the figures the state releases, Ames had 964 cases in the last two weeks among its population of 97,117. That is a rate of 8.2 cases per 1,000 people.
The Times said Iowa City had the nation's second highest virus rate per capita, with 1,664 cases in the last two weeks among its 173,105 people. That's 7.6 cases per 1,000 people.
Ames also topped the newspaper's list of areas where new cases are rising the fastest. The Times compared case numbers from a week ago to current totals and adjusted for population size. Ames had an increase of 640 cases per 100,000 residents, according to the Times. Iowa City was fourth on that list, with 552 new cases per 100,000 residents.
Eighty percent of Story County's cases have been contracted by people in the 18-40 age group, the state reported. Statewide 49% of people with the virus are in that younger demographic.
A total of 24,406 people in the county have been tested for the virus, according to the state's count.
Despite the outbreak in cases, no new deaths have been reported in recent days. Since the pandemic started, 16 people with COVID-19 in Story County have died, according to the state.
A new Test Iowa site at Iowa State University's Research Park was set to open on Monday.
Cases across the state
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday that Iowa is counting the results of antigen tests, a relatively rapid type of coronavirus tests, that will increase the reported rates of infection in some counties.
As of 10 a.m. Monday, the state was reporting 1,112 COVID-19-related deaths, according to the state's Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website, an increase of two deaths from the day before.
The state has been changing how it reports testing data, which has caused spikes in the rate of positive data. Before the changes, the state was consistently reporting a positivity rate, that is, the percentage of tests that were positive, below 10%. On Monday, the state was reporting 10.2% positive since the pandemic started. Of the tests the state has reported since 10 a.m. Sunday, 19% were positive, according to a Des Moines Register analysis.
Of the 64,713 people who have tested positive, 46,663 have recovered, according to the state. The total number of people tested is 633,664, including 1,146 on Sunday.
At 10 a.m. Monday, the state was reporting 299 hospitalizations, down from 308 on Sunday. In the past 24 hours, 23 patients have been admitted. Also, there are 85 patients in the ICU, down from 88 on Sunday.