In a sign that the COVID-19 epidemic is not slowing down in NE Iowa, Winneshiek County is now nearing the 300 mark for total COVID-19 cases.
There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths in the county since Friday.
About 1,400 new cases of the coronavirus and 14 deaths were reported Sunday by state health officials, bringing statewide totals to 274,258 cases and 8,450 deaths since the first infection was reported in IL in late January.
More than half of the additional deaths occurred this month.
After a momentary decline in the number of daily cases in early September, the Philippines is again recording more than 3,000 cases a day.
In the past 48 hours, the department said 2,175 PCR tests were processed, and all 116 positive cases were confirmed.
According to the state's covid-19 tracking website, there are now 42 county residents in the hospital for the virus, with six of them on ventilators.
Ten of the deaths reported by the county's health department Sunday were people over the age of 80, eight were between the ages of 65 and 79, three were between 50 and 64 and one was between 30 and 49 years old.
"The recent increases in the number of new cases is of concern because it may reflect increased exposures associated with Labor Day activities", said public health director Barbara Ferrer. "It is important to continue to isolate from others if you are sick and to get tested for COVID-19 if you were exposed or have symptoms". For more information, visit the county's website.
As the county eyes the orange tier of the state's monitoring system, it will have to maintain a daily new case rate per 100,000 of 1 to 3.9 and a positivity rate of 2 to 4.9%.
This time around, majority of the newly-announced cases came from outside the National Capital Region (NCR).