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Iowa shows off new capabilities of coronavirus tracking site

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Posted at 11:01 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 13:57:30-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (KMTV) — On Tuesday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and other officials held a coronavirus briefing.

The state of Iowa rolled out a new website providing more information on how the coronavirus is impacting the community with the latest numbers showing more than 15,000 people have tested positive for the virus.

The governor now says data is updated in real-time and shows the results of serology tests.

Serology tests look for certain antibodies that are created when someone contracts the virus. This is particularly helpful because some people have no idea they ever had the virus and may have spread it.

According to the state, more than 12,000 people have had the test and more than 1,600 tested positive for antibodies, including six people in Pottawattamie County and 13 in Woodbury County.

In addition to passing the 15,000 positives mark, the state is also reporting 367 deaths to date and more than 7,800 people in recovery from the virus.

The website also shows trends. The governor says the number of positive cases is trending down and the number of hospitalizations is stable. The number of deaths is also trending down.

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