Delaware County announced one new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the number of active cases to 18. Two of those cases remain hospitalized, while the other sixteen are isolating at home. There have been a total of 80 positive cases in the county, with sixty-one recovering and one death reported in early June.
Statewide, over 43,000 Iowans have tested positive for the virus since March out of nearly 464,000 tests conducted in the state.
A key advisor on the White House Coronavirus Task Force says Iowa is among a group of states where mitigation efforts should increase. Dr. Deborah Birx says the concern is rising infection rates among 20 and 30 years old in Iowa — coupled with the fact between five and 10 percent of those being tested in Iowa are found to have the virus. Birx made her comments during a conference call with governors.
Vice President Mike Pence, who was also on the call, says shutdowns aren’t the answer, but he said studies show things like the use of face masks, limited social gatherings and bar closures are slowing the spread in the same way sheltering in place did this spring.
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