Iowa posts second consecutive day of over 1,000 virus cases

MDH: six additional deaths tied to COVID-19; over 1,100 new confirmed positive cases

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New coronavirus cases in Iowa have jumped by 1,086 in the last 24 hours marking the second consecutive day of new cases exceeding 1,000.

Four more people died pushing the state’s death toll from the virus to 1,303.

Data from state health and education departments indicate the virus is circulating in schools and nursing homes.

Multiple school districts are reporting hundreds of students in quarantine after positive cases were identified in a school. The state also reports 50 nursing homes have a virus outbreak with more than 1,000 residents testing positive currently.

Gov. Kim Reynolds says she is continuing for another week of bar closures in Johnson and Story counties, where major state universities are located.

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