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Additional 45 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Story County; positivity rate is 4.3%

From staff reports

An additional 45 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Story County from Monday to Tuesday, the state's coronavirus website showed at 10 a.m. Tuesday. No new deaths were reported.

At that time, state officials reported 9,430 positive individuals in Story County, up from Monday's total of 9,385. The state changed its reporting system to count all positive tests, even those taken by the same individual, showing 10,093 positive tests in Story County at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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To date, a total of 45 Story County residents have died as a result of COVID-19, according to Iowa's coronavirus website. 

COVID-19 is the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

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Of those who have tested positive for the virus in Story County, 8,829 individuals have recovered, according to the state. As of Tuesday, Story County's 14-day average positivity rate is 4.3%, up from 3.4% Monday.

To date, a total of 136,001 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Story County.

Across Iowa, an additional 621 positive cases and 26 deaths were reported Tuesday morning. 

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At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the state was reporting that there are 333,383 confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase of 621 since 10 a.m. Monday.

The state reported 5,400 total COVID-19 deaths, an increase of 26 since Monday morning. 

The total number of people tested is 1,542,796, according to the state. Of the people who have tested positive, 310,881 have recovered.

The Ames Tribune uses data from the Iowa Department of Public Health to report daily totals of Iowans and Story County residents tested for the coronavirus and those who have tested positive for the virus each day. Since the pandemic began in the spring, the state has made changes and corrections to how it reports that data and the data does not always agree with numbers reported from other sources.