COVID-19 Cases Surge in Iowa and Nebraska

Jun 29, 2020

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

COVID-19 cases across Iowa had been trending downward since early May. But they have leveled off in the past two weeks with at least a half dozen counties seeing an uptick in cases.

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

Nebraska has seen an increase of 375 new covid 19 cases since Friday night.  Health officials say the number of reported coronavirus cases in the state is approaching 19,000, according to the Nebraska's online coronavirus tracker.

More than two-thirds of the coronavirus cases reported in Nebraska 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.

Confirmed cases of the coronavirus continued to climb in counties that are home to Iowa's largest public universities, according to statistics released Monday.

State public health data showed Johnson County, home to the University of Iowa, had 1,096 known positive cases as of Monday, a 38% increase in a week. The number of cases began spiking around June 15, with 40 to 50 new confirmed positive cases on most days.

In Story County, home to Iowa State University, known positive cases reached 677, a 44% increase since June 22.  Johnson and Story counties were among the 136 counties the White House included in a list last week showing counties with rising case numbers.