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PUBLIC HEALTH

32 new coronavirus cases today

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Carroll County's positive coronavirus cases jumped by 32 today, bringing the county's positivity rate up back into the range in which schools could request to go online, according to data from the state of Iowa.

The positivity rate, which compares the number of positive tests with the total number of tests over a 14-day period, is used to determine whether school districts can request to the state to switch to all-online earning.

With a county positivity rate between 15 and 20 percent — Carroll's is 16.4 percent right now — districts can request to go online if they also have a district absence rate of at least 10 percent.

Once the county's positivity rate reaches 20 percent, the district can request to go online regardless of absence rates.

Carroll County now has 598 total confirmed cases. A total of 5,132 people in the county have been tested, according to the state's coronavirus case-tracking website. At least 271 of those people have recovered, and five have died.

Earlier this week, the county’s two-week test positivity rate dropped to nearly 13 percent, the first time since the beginning of school that the rate had been below 15 percent.

As of Wednesday, seven Carroll Community School District students were infected, down from a high of 15 last week.

Also on Wednesday, there were 116 students in quarantine because they had close contact with someone who is infected. The number of quarantined students is down from a high of 187 about a week ago.

Kuemper Catholic schools had a total of five currently-infected students and staff on Wednesday. Kuemper school officials have declined to say how many are students and how many are staff because of medical privacy concerns. There were 72 in quarantine.

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