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White House Coronavirus Task Force Report Says Iowa Has High Community Spread In All Counties

Nov 18, 2020

The report placed all 99 of Iowa's counties in the red zone for community transmission, saying the state's spread is now "exponential and unyielding."

The report is dated Sunday and was released by the state Department of Public Health on Tuesday.

It found last week, Iowa had the third highest rate of new cases in the country. The state reported 991 new cases per 100,000, significantly higher than the national average of 294 cases per 100,000, and found the state had a statewide test positivity rate of 24 percent.

The report recommends limiting restaurant capacity to under 25 percent across all counties as well as issuing a statewide mask requirement in all public settings.

It says Iowans once again should not gather with individuals outside of their own household until cases and test positivity rates decrease.

You can read the report here.