The number of new positive COVID cases were down across north Iowa this week, with many counties seeing their case numbers down by almost half or more when compared to a week earlier.
According to positive case analysis data from the Iowa Department of Public Health, Chickasaw County experienced one of the bigger declines. For the seven-day reporting period ending Tuesday, February 1st, Chickasaw County had 56 new COVID cases, a dramatic drop from last week’s 124. That also dropped the county’s positivity rate from 23% to 16%.
Other large declines in new positive COVID cases this week include Cerro Gordo County, down from 288 last week to 178 this week; Bremer down from 219 last week to 128 this week; Fayette from 163 down to 116; Butler from 141 down to 76; Winneshiek County from 139 down to 88; and Franklin from 97 down to 50.
Also seeing drops in new positive COVID cases for the seven-day period ending Tuesday are Floyd County with 103 cases this week, down from 129 a week earlier; Howard with 43, down from 84; Mitchell with 41, down from 85; and Worth with 35, down from 60.
The state’s seven-day positivity rate through Tuesday was 18.5% and the 14-day positivity rate was 21.5%.