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8 new Carroll coronavirus cases today

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There have been eight more confirmed coronavirus cases today in Carroll County, which takes the county's total to 57.

The number of local cases has risen sharply since the state expanded testing in the area a week ago. Before the expanded testing, there were 18 confirmed cases in the county.

Local health officials continue to warn residents to keep safe distances from others in public. People ages 40 and younger are being infected by the virus at an "exponentially higher rate" than those who are older, according to Carroll County Public Health. But people older than 60 who contract the virus are at greater risk of dying.

More than half of the state's 672 deaths were the result of outbreaks at long-term care facilities for older Iowans.

There are five such outbreaks in western Iowa right now in Buena Vista, Dickinson, Montgomery and Woodbury counties.

Buena Vista continues to lead all other counties in the percentage of residents that have been infected. Its 1,611 confirmed cases mean one of every 12 people has contracted the virus.

Crawford County is second for rate of infection. Its 623 cases mean one of every 28 people has been infected.

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