Health officials Monday announced five more cases of COVID-19 in Story County, bring to 16 the total confirmed in the past week — the highest number over a seven-day span to date.


Since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Story County, the most confirmed in a single week had been nine to this point. The five announced Monday by the Iowa Department of Public Health, along with one each on Saturday and Sunday, brought the county’s total to 38.


Steve Sullivan, spokesman for Mary Greeley Medical Center, confirmed the additional cases and said two of the individuals were tested at a McFarland Clinic location, two were tested at Story County Medical Facility and one was tested at a Tyson Plant.


Sullivan did not know if the person tested at Tyson is an employee.


Of the new cases announced Monday, the state health department confirmed one was Story County’s first child to be diagnosed. Two patients ages range from 18 to 40; three patients range from 41 to 60; and one patient is 61 to 80.


Statewide, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced 534 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, as well as four deaths, during her daily press conference Monday morning. As of Monday, 9,703 Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 188 have died of the disease.


Throughout Story County, 841 residents have been tested for the novel coronavirus and of the 38 who tested positive, 26 have fully recovered.