COVID-19 Cases Increase by Hundreds in Iowa and Nebraska

Jun 29, 2020

Courtesy the City of Algona, https://www.ci.algona.ia.us

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After trending downward since early May, COVID-19 cases have leveled off in the past two weeks. And at least a half dozen counties are seeing case numbers rise

Another three people with COVID-19 have died in Iowa since yesterday, and there have been an additional 298 confirmed cases.  According to the state's coronavirus website, Iowa has reported 28,735 cases. 

Woodbury County has 14 new cases of Covid-19 today, for a total 3,147, and 43 deaths. Dickinson County had two more cases for a total 238 cases and two new deaths.

Nebraska has seen an increase of 375 new COVID-19 cases just since Friday night. Coronavirus cases in the state are approaching 19,000.

More than two-thirds of the Nebraska coronavirus cases are in five counties: Douglas, Dakota, Lancaster, Hall and Sarpy. Each of has reported more than 1,000 cases. The Dakota County Health Department confirmed 14 new cases and one new death, which brings the total to 35.

South Dakota had tallied 6,686 cases and 91 deaths. Total cases include 121 in Union County.

A group still plans to hold a three-day motorcycle rally in northern Iowa that’s expected to attract thousands of bikers. But local officials worry the event could spread the coronavirus.

Local officials usually welcome the annual Freedom Rally held on a farm northeast of Algona, but this year’s event planned for Thursday to Saturday has officials worried.

Algona is in Kossuth County, which has had 32 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and no reported deaths, but officials think that could change because of the motorcycle rally, which typically draws 10,000 bikers.