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READ: White House Coronavirus Task Force Says New Cases And Test Positivity Rates Increasing In Iowa

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Natalie Krebs
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IPR
Gov. Kim Reynolds gives an update on the state's coronavirus situation at Lifeserve Blood Center in Des Moines during a visit from U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on October 15.

The newest White House Coronavirus Task Force report says Iowa has seen an increase in new COVID-19 cases and test positivity in the past week.

The newest report was released on Sunday and obtained by ABC News on Wednesday.

It once again put Iowa in the red zone for new cases, reporting the state had a rate of 238 new cases per 100,000 residents last week. That’s more than double the national average of 117, and means Iowa has the eighth highest rate in the country.

Its test positivity rate was between 8 and 10 percent last week, making it the ninth highest rate in the country.

Ninety percent of Iowa counties had moderate to high levels of community transmission.

The report recommended increasing mitigation efforts, and keeping public and private gatherings as small as possible in the 68 counties located in red or orange zones.

Natalie Krebs is IPR's Health Reporter