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PUBLIC HEALTH

8 new coronavirus cases reported today for Carroll County

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Editor's note at 3:25 p.m: Since this article published the state's coronavirus website has reported a further three cases for Carroll County.

There were eight new conoronavirus cases reported today for Carroll County — a major uptick that comes amid greater access to testing.

The county's total is now 28, according to the county's public health department.

Carroll was among the first counties to report a coronavirus infection, but for months the number of new cases was relatively stagnant. A recent increase in Carroll cases has coincided with outbreaks in western Iowa, where the virus has been infecting people at a greater rate than other parts of the state.

Neighboring Crawford County has nearly 600 cases, and Buena Vista County is nearing 1,500. Woodbury County has about 3,000 cases.

The state expanded testing for the virus in Carroll County this week by supplying tests to St. Anthony Regional Hospital for drive-thru testing in its parking lot. Those tests will be available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Nicole Schwering, the county's public health director, expected to test about 200 people in the first three days of the expanded testing, which started Wednesday in Carroll. The testing moved to Denison on Thursday and was back in Carroll today.

More than 900 Carroll County residents have been tested.

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