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Audubon County Public Health reported a 15th case of COVID-19 was identified in Audubon County as of Friday morning, June 19.

AUDUBON COUNTY — The Audubon County Public Health Department along with the Iowa Department of Public Heath have identified an additional case of COVID-19 in Audubon County while Shelby County cases continue to rise.

Audubon County officials said the single new case involved an older adult, aged 61-80, bringing the total positive cases for Audubon to 15, with 12 recovered and one death, according to a release by Audubon County Public Health.

In Shelby County, 636 people had been tested as of Friday afternoon, with 69 testing positive, 38 recovered and no deaths according to the COVID-19 Iowa Dashboard.

Shelby County Public Health officials reported positive cases in the county had been on the rise over the last couple weeks.

While the case count was just over 40 about a week ago, as of Friday afternoon, that number had risen to 69 positive cases.

Janelle Sorfonden with Myrtue Medical Center, said officials were looking into the rise in case numbers, “but as of now, we really don’t know why (we are seeing an increase). We’re still investigating.”

Shelby County Public Health officials did remind the public to continue to practice social distancing as things opened up across the state and groups were allowed to gather in larger numbers. The public was also asked to continue hand washing and to wear a mask to help keep the positive case counts down.

Statewide summary numbers as of Friday morning, June 19 show 245,288 individuals tested; 25,164 individuals positive or 10.3 percent; 219,756 have tested negative; 15,683 total recovered and a total of 680 deaths total.

Figures for other area counties are as follows:

In Cass County, 631 have been tested; 16 individuals were positive; 14 have recovered and there have been no deaths.

Pottawattamie County has had 7,273 individuals tested, 578 tested positive, 374 have recovered and 11 have died.

In Guthrie County, 736 have been tested, 61 tested positive, 42 have recovered and four have died.

In Adair County, 352 have been tested, 12 have tested positive, 11 recovered and there have been no deaths.

Across the state, by age group, 4 percent of the positive cases have been children, ages 0-17; 45 percent were adults, ages 18-40; 34 percent have been middle aged, ages 41-60; 13 percent were older adults, ages 61-80 and 4 percent have been elderly, over age 80.

Genderwise, slightly more of the positive cases, 51 percent, have been male while 47 percent were female.

Of those testing positive, 26 percent had pre-existing conditions, 50 percent had no pre-existing conditions and for 25 percent, it was unknown if they had pre-existing conditions.

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