The Iowa Public Health Department has made the following announcement:
Although the number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in Iowa hit a one-day high of 125, state health officials said Thursday they are beginning to see an overall flattening of the curve.
With the deaths of two Linn County residents, 29 Iowans now have died from COVID-19, Gov. Kim Reynolds said in her daily news briefing. The number of positive cases has climbed to 1,270 since the pandemic was first noted March 8 in Iowa.
A good sign, the governor said, was that 882 Iowans tested negative for the disease, pushing that number to 13,703 overall.
The latest Iowa Public Health Department numbers show that 115 Iowans are hospitalized for illnesses or symptoms related to COVID-19, while 476 have recovered.
Despite the numbers, Sarah Reisetter, deputy director of the Health Department, said mitigation efforts the governor has ordered and that health officials have advised appear to be paying off.
Public health officials have been predicting that the positive case numbers would rise “and that’s remained true.”
“I can tell you that when we look at our epidemiological curve, it is starting to flatten, which is where we want to be,” Reisetter said. The “curve” refers to the projected number of people who will contract COVID-19 over time.
It’s a miracle! They did all this without having a shelter in place order!
Oh wait. How many coronavirus tests have been done in Iowa? I’m sure it is more than enough to base this announcement on.
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