Update: Key counties to watch


Watching the data on the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa points a spotlight at potential trouble spots ahead, particularly in rural areas. From trends evident in official data, Peter Fisher of the Iowa Policy Project has identified several counties that are apparent COVID-19 trouble spots.

In his latest update of data below, he shows 14 counties had 200 or more new cases for every 100,000 people over the two weeks ending May 27. Of those counties, nine were among 77 counties where Governor Kim Reynolds had eased social distancing restrictions before extending the relaxed rules to the rest of the state last week. Two counties already in double or triple digits on case counts — Wright and Buena Vista — showed a doubling of cases in one week.

For further analysis from Fisher, see:

• Original IFP report May 8, Rural COVID cases growing quickly.

• Recent blog: “Faster infection pace, fewer limits.”


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