For more than a week, most of Hardin County’s neighboring counties stood at zero confirmed cases of COVID-19. That changed over the weekend as Hamilton, Franklin and Grundy counties each reported one case.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, one adult (age 61-80) in Hamilton County has tested positive for COVID-19. Franklin County Public Health reported Sunday that one adult (age 41-60) has also tested positive. And the Grundy County case was confirmed on Saturday in an adult (age 41-60). (Note: the Iowa Department of Public Health's case map does not include the Franklin County case because it was confirmed after the Sunday's map was updated.)
Eight new COVID-19-related deaths were reported on Sunday, a jump of more than 50 percent to 22 total deaths. In all, 868 Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
More details about confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths are published on the state's coronavirus website, which can be found here.
Hardin County still has just one confirmed case of COVID-19. It was reported by Hardin County Public Health on March 26. It is 60-year-old Eldora pastor Justin Weber, whose wife spoke with the Times Citizen about her husband’s condition last week.
Gov. Kim Reynold has not ordered Iowans to shelter in place or stay home. Instead, she and health officials are advising the public to stay home when they are ill, avoid unnecessary outings, and practice social distancing by standing at least six feet away from other people.
The governor is planning to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. today. It will be streamed on her Facebook page here.