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Floyd County COVID-19 cases continue to escalate

Floyd County COVID-19 cases continue to escalateBy Bob Steenson,

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Floyd County has continued to soar over the past several weeks, jumping from a total number of cases in the county of fewer than 500 at the beginning of the month, to 773 as of Monday.

Records have been set for the largest rate of increase, the largest number of new cases on a single day, the largest number of new cases within a week, the largest number of active cases in the county and the highest percentage of positive test results.

Here are some of the figures:

  • 274 new cases of COVID-19 identified by test results over the previous two weeks.
  • The 14-day rolling total percentage of COVID-19 tests coming back positive has been higher than 20% for 13 days straight.
  • Highest number of new cases on a single day, 43 on Nov. 9. The top five days for most new cases since the start of the pandemic have all occurred this month.
  • Highest number of active cases, 285 on Monday.
  • Mercy One North Iowa hospital in Mason City, the largest care center for Regional Medical Coordination Center District 2 that includes Floyd County, has said it has the highest number of COVID-19 patients since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • RMCC District 2 lists 11 COVID-19 patients in a intensive care unit with five on ventilators, and only three ICU beds available.

On Monday evening, Gov. Kim Reynolds issued new orders for dealing with the new coronavirus, including new separation and mask requirements. She did not issue a statewide mask requirement.

Also Monday, the Charles City Council passed a resolution urging all county residents to follow social distancing recommendations and wear masks “in any public setting or facility,” while also acknowledging it does not have the legal authority to issue a mask mandate.