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In Iowa: Record number of cases reported

700+ new cases
Posted at 11:03 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 19:29:22-04

DES MOINES, Neb. (KMTV) — On the day Iowa began easing restrictions designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Kim Reynolds said increased testing was largely the reason for a record number of new COVID-19 cases.

Health officials reported 739 new positive cases Friday, by far the most in a single day and bringing the state total to 7,884. Of the new cases, 516 were from four counties, including two that are dealing with outbreaks at meat processing plants. She also reported there were an additional eight deaths, bringing the state’s total to 170.

Reynolds said a surge of cases is expected over the weekend as a backlog of tests are processed.

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