DES MOINES - The number of positive COVID-19 cases has jumped by 23 to 68 as of Saturday, March 21 and those who have traveled out of state should self-isolate, according to Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Public Health. Altogether there have been 1,049 negative tests conducted at the State Hygienic Lab.
The Governor plans another press conference on Sunday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. It will be livestreamed and posted in full on the Governor's Facebook page.
The breakdown on new cases shows the counties where the cases are located, along with their ages.
Allamakee County - 1 adult (41-60 years), 1 adult (61-80 years)
Black Hawk County - 1 adult (41-60 years), 1 adult (81 years or older)
Dubuque County - 1 adult (61-80 years)
Fayette County - 1 adult (18-40 years)
Henry County - 1 adult (18-40 years)
Johnson County - 3 adults (18-40 years), 1 adult (41-60 years), 1 adult (61-80 years)
Linn County - 2 adults (18-40 years), 1 adult (41-60 years)
Muscatine County - 1 adult (41-60 years)
Polk County - 2 adults (41-60 years), 2 adults (61-80 years)
Pottawattamie County - 1 adult (41-60 years)
Story County - 1 adult (18-40 years)
Washington County - 1 adult (41-60 years)
A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa will begin to share the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs.
Iowans who have traveled recently for business or spring break vacations, whether internationally or domestically outside of Iowa, should strongly consider self-isolating for 14 days. This will support Iowa's ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and limit the introduction of the virus from other points of travel.
Iowa has implemented many provisions to emphasize social distancing, and self-isolation after travel is another measure we can take to slow the spread of the virus and avoid quickly overburdening our healthcare system.