An additional two cases were reported in Story County on Tuesday by the Iowa Department of Public Health, bringing the county’s total number of confirmed cases to 118.
Over the last week, Story County saw an increase of 21 new cases, which is the second time the county has seen the largest number of certified cases reported in a seven-day-period.
The last time Story County saw 21 cases in a week was between May 4 through May 11.
Steve Sullivan, a spokesperson for Mary Greeley Medical Center, confirmed the additional cases, but did not immediately know where the individuals were tested or their current status.
During Gov. Kim Reynold’s daily press conference on Tuesday, Reynolds acknowledged the increase in testing has led to a number of positive cases.
“We’ve learned a lot over the last few months, and will continue to as we manage COVID-19 for the long term,” Reynolds said on Tuesday. “The pandemic is not over, and there remains much work to do.”
Reynolds added, “There will be time to evaluate our actions so that we’re better prepared for future situations.”
An additional 264 new cases and an additional 20 deaths in Iowa were reported by state officials on Tuesday.
Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported by the state health department in March, a total of 20,017 individuals have tested positive for the virus throughout the state, which has led to the deaths of 560 Iowans.
As of Tuesday, 2,652 Story County residents have been tested to for the novel coronavirus, and of the 4.4% of individuals who have tested positive, 81 have fully recovered, according to the state.