One new positive case of COVID-19 was reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health on Wednesday, bringing the total throughout Story County to 82.


Over the past seven days, the state health department has reported 15 additional cases of the novel coronavirus, which is four less than the previous seven-day span, according to statistics from the state health department.


Steve Sullivan, a spokesperson for Mary Greeley Medical Center confirmed the new case and said the individuals was tested at a McFarland Clinic.


Although nearly 60 percent of Story County’s positive cases have occurred in the month of May, officials say it has to do with the higher number of tests being performed.


“People are getting tested at a higher rate because of new opportunities for testing like TestIowa, or even the in-house testing we do [at Mary Greeley],” Sullivan said. “There are still some restrictions on getting a test, but those are easing up.”


Of the 1,612 Story County residents that have been tested for COVID-19, 56% of them have been tested in May, according to the state health department.


On Wednesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced 237 new cases of COVID-19 in Iowa as well as an additional 14 deaths during her daily press conference.


Since the first reported case of the novel coronavirus in Iowa was announced on March 8, 15,534 individuals have tested positive for the virus which has led to the deaths of 383.


On Monday, the governor announced the department of health will add data onto their coronavirus website such as number of cases, hospitalizations and other data as soon as it is sent to the health department.