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PUBLIC HEALTH

County has 28 new COVID cases in 2 weeks, masks recommended

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The latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis shows "substantial" spread of COVID-19 in Carroll County.

There is "substantial" spread of the coronavirus in Carroll County, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends area residents again wear masks when they go into businesses and other buildings that are open to the public.

There have been 28 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the county in the past two weeks, including eight in the past three days, said Nikki Schwering, the county's public health director.

"The cases in our county and the surrounding counties have definitely had an uptick," Schwering said Thursday. "The region has seen quite an increase in hospitalizations."

The number of new confirmed cases is still small compared with the first major peak of the pandemic in Iowa in November, and the county's death total hasn't increased since April, but several other states, including Missouri, have infection rates that are approaching or surpassing their previous peaks.

States in the south with relatively low vaccination rates have been most affected. Alabama and Mississippi have the lowest rates of about 35 percent of their total populations. About 51 percent of Carroll County residents have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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