COVID numbers appear to be stable

Thursday, December 10, 2020

DES MOINES — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds provided an update on the state’s COVID-19 cases at a press conference on Tuesday, December 1.

She said the numbers appear to be stabilizing after peaking in mid November.

“We were faced with much uncertainty as our state and most of the nation was experiencing the most significant surge of COVID-19 since the pandemic began,” Reynolds said. “As I stand before you today, I am pleased to say that we are seeing steady signs of improvement, but we still have much work to do.”

The state had a 14-day rolling total of nearly 59,000 cases on Nov. 17, but has dropped to 32,000 as of Tuesday, December 1.

It was on Nov. 16 when the governor implemented a mask mandate for indoor public spaces and announced restrictions on gatherings, as well as reduced hours for establishments such as restaurants and bars.

Reynolds did not speak to whether those restrictions would be extended beyond the Dec. 10 date that was set in the initial proclamation.

“We are cautiously optimistic that the mitigation efforts currently in place are achieving what they are intended to do and that is decrease the spread of the virus and get it into a more manageable level,” Reynolds said. “These are not steps that I take lightly because I understand the impact that they have on Iowans, but I believe they were necessary at the time.”

Reynolds added she will look to see how numbers change following the Thanksgiving holiday.

In Plymouth County, there have been 300 positive cases in the 14-day rolling total, down from a peak of over 540 in mid-November.

The 14-day positivity rate within the county currently stands at just over 23 percent.

The county has seen 42 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.