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Number of Carroll coronavirus cases slows in recent weeks

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The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases in Carroll County has slowed in the past two weeks, with just 10 more reported in the past week, according to state data. The county’s total since March is now 192.

That is far lower than a recent one-week uptick of 37 in July.

Accordingly, the two-week positivity rate for the county has dropped from nearly 6 percent to 4. Rates of higher than 15 percent are required by state officials to initiate temporary at-home learning for students.

The positivity rate is a calculation of those who test positive compared with the overall number of people who were tested over that time period.

Carroll County continues to lead all of its neighboring counties aside from Crawford in cases. Their totals are:

— Crawford: 728

— Shelby: 184

— Guthrie: 132

— Sac: 85

— Calhoun: 83

— Greene: 42

— Ida: 29

— Audubon: 28

Polk County, the largest by population in the state, has by far the largest number of cases at more than 10,300.

But three of the top five counties for infections per capita include western Iowa counties of Buena Vista, Crawford and Woodbury.

There are also eight outbreaks at long-term care facilities for older Iowans in western Iowa — the most so far at once in the region — in Emmet, Lyon, O’Brien, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Sioux and Woodbury counties.

There are a total of 231 positive cases in those facilities with 99 recovered.

Such outbreaks account for more than half of all coronavirus-related deaths in Iowa.

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