- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The number of coronavirus cases in Iowa has surged from 100,000 to more than 150,000 in less than a month.

The state said Sunday that 3,977 more cases of the virus had been reported to give Iowa 152,368 cases of COVID-19. The state topped 100,000 cases on Oct. 12. According to the state’s online virus tracker, 13 more deaths were reported Sunday to give Iowa 1,842 deaths.

The number of people hospitalized with the virus also continued to increase. The state said Saturday that 992 people were hospitalized with the virus, up from 949 a day earlier.

Iowa officials said 81 of the state’s 99 counties had a 14-day positivity rate at or above 15%. Seventeen other counties had positivity rates between 10% and 15%. Ringgold County in southwest Iowa was the only county with a positivity rate below 10% at 8.8%.

Jones County had the state’s highest positivity rate at 41.9%. The county is home to Anamosa State Penitentiary whic is dealing with an outbreak among inmates.



Iowa reported the fourth-highest rate of new cases in the nation on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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