DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa reported another 1,330 confirmed coronavirus infections Friday 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 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.
The seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate, daily deaths and new cases all grew over the past two weeks. The positivity rate went from 17.19% on Oct. 1 to 20.18% on Oct. 15, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Iowa’s rate is the fifth-highest in the nation.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds had previously eased measures designed to slow the transmission of the virus. On Friday afternoon, Reynolds signed a new proclamation that extended existing measures, including requiring 6 feet of distance between groups or individuals at bars and restaurants as well as social distancing at gyms, casinos, salons and theaters.
Reynolds has declined to impose other requirements, such as a mask mandate. She said Thursday that Iowans need to normalize their lives and learn to live with the virus.