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Carroll County has another coronavirus case, Crawford nears 400

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Carroll County has its ninth new coronavirus case, and Crawford County now has a total of 384, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported today.

Crawford County is now the second-most infected county in the state by population. One out of every 45 people has tested positive for a coronavirus infection in Crawford.

Only Louisa County in eastern Iowa has a higher rate, and the majority of its cases were confirmed in April. Nearly all of Crawford’s cases have come in the past two weeks.

“We fully expect to see an increase in the number of cases,” Crawford County Home Health, Hospice & Public Health said in its weekly update on Saturday. “Everyone needs to remember that the testing is a snapshot in time. Exposure can happen after the test is done, and symptoms can appear even if the test result is negative. Having a negative test doesn’t mean you are in the clear forever — it means at the point in time when the test was done, you did not have the virus.”

A drive-thru test site in Denison is expected to operate at the middle school until Friday.

Just two counties in far southern Iowa have no confirmed coronavirus cases — Decatur and Ringgold.

The number of new daily coronavirus cases in Iowa has plateaued in the past two weeks — despite an increase in testing — and there were 304 more confirmed cases statewide reported today. Four more people died.

There are a total of 14,955 confirmed cases and 355 deaths in Iowa.

Most businesses that were severely restricted because of the coronavirus pandemic were allowed to reopen across the state on Friday — including dine-in restaurants — although they were ordered to operate at half capacity, to keep sufficient space between diners and to limit the size of groups.

Gov. Kim Reynolds has urged Iowans who are older than 65 and those with existing respiratory conditions to stay home as much as possible.

Iowa has more confirmed cases than four of its six neighbors. Minnesota’s total cases surpassed Iowa in the past week by several hundred cases, and Illinois, with its much larger population, had more than 92,000 cases.

— Editor's note: The total number of confirmed cases in Crawford County was revised after a change on the state Department of Public Health website. The department previously reported a total that was eight cases more.

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