IDPH Reporting 740 New Cases Of COVID-19 As Testing In Iowa Continues To Ramp Up

Fri 5-1-2020

(Johnston)-- The Iowa Department of Public Health today (Fri.) is reporting an additional 740 positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 7,885. Eight additional deaths were also reported.

The increase in positive cases reported today (Fri.) is the highest yet for a single day. Officials say it's due to increased testing capabilities coming on board, including Test Iowa.

Governor Kim Reynolds also addressed a delay in test results being made available, saying the State Hygienic Lab has become backlogged...Reynolds0501 

"I want to assure Iowans that there is a, that this is a short term issue while the lab is transitioning to accommodate not only a higher volume of tests on an ongoing basis, but as they work through the validation of the Test Iowa process. As with any new test, validation is a normal process of that process and it takes time, and this is causing some delays in the Test Iowa results. For Iowans who are still waiting for their results, we are sorry for the delay, but you will receive your results this weekend." 

The Governor again today (Fri.) said she remains confident the Test Iowa program will meet validation requirements in spite of reports of inaccurate results in a similar program in Utah.

Here is a county-by-county list of total number of COVID-19 cases in northwest Iowa as of today (Friday 5/1):

Buena Vista: 6

Cherokee: 2

Clay: 4

Dickinson: 6

Emmet: 0

Lyon: 13

O'Brien: 9

Osceola: 10

Palo Alto: 0

Plymouth: 14

Pocahontas: 3

Sioux: 11