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Clay County reaches 100-plus COVID-19 cases

Clay County reaches 100-plus COVID-19 cases

Clay County has reached more than 100 cases of COVID-19.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, the Iowa Department of Public Health has reported 102 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clay County. Clay County Public Health has reported 57 people have recovered.

Clay County has added about five cases per day this week, continuing last week’s sharp upward trend.

Officials feared the possibility of a spike.

“We were worried about this sharp increase in cases after the Memorial Day weekend and with the lakes area opening up to tourists and summer residents,” Clay County Public Health Manager Colette Rositter said in an email to the Signal on Friday. “Many restrictions have been lifted and folks are growing weary of our pleas to social distance and wear masks.”

Rositter said officials are encouraging people to follow social distancing best practices to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

“We continue to support the public health measures we know are effective:  physical distancing from others outside your immediate family (six feet) and wearing a mask when in public, hand washing and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and items,” she said. “That doesn’t mean folks can’t get out and enjoy Summer. We just want them to use common sense.”

As of Friday evening, 25,275 Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19. The Iowa Department of Public Health has reported 15,872 people have recovered and 681 Iowans have died due to COVID-19.

See more Clay County and neighboring county data.

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