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IA Coronavirus Cases Still Mounting; Iowa's Unemployment Rate Down to 6%

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Iowa has reported more than 11 hundred new confirmed coronavirus cases and 15 new deaths in the past 24 hours, as a federal report says the state has one of the nation’s highest infection rates. The state Coronavirus website says there are more than 78 thousand confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase of 1,259 since 10 a.m. yesterday. 

Iowa can attribute almost 13 hundred deaths to COVID-19 since March. 

Woodbury County has 116 new cases of COVID-19 and one recent death.  There has been a total of 4,802 cases and 60 deaths, and the county has a 14.7% positivity rate.

This week marks six months since many city halls, businesses and restaurants closed their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The top infectious disease physician at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics says it’s still unsafe to open bars and indoor restaurants in areas with high levels of community transmission.

Iowa’s unemployment rate for August dropped to 6%. That is continuing a decline from April amid an economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Today, Iowa Workforce Development says that the August rate was down from 6.8% in July and 11% in April. There were more than  96 thousand people listed as unemployed in August.  There were more than 110 thousand unemployed Iowans in July. Iowa’s unemployment ranked 12th nationally. 

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