Like the rest of the state, the numbers of new positive COVID cases have continued a dramatic rise in north Iowa following the holidays.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Floyd County recorded 127 new COVID cases for the seven-day reporting period ending Tuesday, January 11th. That was more than double from 54 the previous week. Chickasaw County also saw an increase with 118 cases this week after having 67 a week prior.
New positive COVID cases continue to surge in Cerro Gordo County with 431 this week, better than twice that of the 174 of a week earlier. Bremer County almost doubled their COVID count with 209 new cases this week, a jump from 108 a week earlier.
All counties in our area experienced some of the highest numbers of new positive COVID cases in some time. For the seven-day reporting period through Tuesday, January 11th. Fayette County had 165 this week, up from 107 the week prior; Winneshiek with 129 this week, almost twice last week’s 68; Franklin with 99 this week, up from 36; Butler County with 94, up from 39; Howard County with 60, up from 25; and Worth County soared from 26 last week to 98 this week.
Mitchell County also saw an increase in new positive COVID cases this week with 108, up from 39 a week prior. It also gave the county the highest seven-day positivity rate in the area at 23%. Positivity rates in Cerro Gordo, Worth and Franklin counties were also above 20%. Positivity rates were at 16% and 18% respectively for Floyd and Chickasaw counties.