The number of positive tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, quintupled in the most recent eight days in Dallas County, according to Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) data.
Dallas County had 99 positive cases on April 23. By May 1, the most recent date for which IDPH data is available, the total was 515 cases, a 420% increase in eight days.
Dallas County has the third-highest rate of positive cases in Iowa, according to IDPH data. Fully 34% of people tested in Dallas County return positive results, behind Louisa County at 43% and Woodbury County at 35% and tied with Marshall County.
Dallas County was not among the 77 counties Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds relaxed social-distancing measures in starting May 1. The restrictions were imposed March 14 in an effort to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The IDPH has issued guidance on reopening.
In the 77 counties, Reynolds’ proclamation permitted the reopening, in a limited fashion and with public-health measures remaining in place, of restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, race tracks and certain other retail establishments.
The proclamation also lifted restrictions on religious and spiritual gatherings so long as the religious and spiritual gatherings use “reasonable public health measures,” the governor said.
Along with Dallas County, the hot-spot counties still under virtual lockdown include Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Dallas, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Henry, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Washington and Woodbury counties.