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Iowa virus deaths, new cases and positivity rate remain high

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Posted at 12:19 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 18:14:59-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa reported another 1,330 confirmed coronavirus infections as the state’s rate of coronavirus deaths, new cases and overall positivity rate indicated that statewide spread of the virus is continuing.

The new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours as of Friday came as the state reported 16 more deaths.

Iowa now has had 104,552 confirmed positive cases and 1,521 deaths.

Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 fell slightly to 468 after reaching new highs nearly every day this week.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds had previously eased measures designed to slow the transmission of the virus. On Friday afternoon, she signed a new proclamation that extended existing measures, including requiring 6 feet of distance between groups or individuals at bars and restaurants.

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