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Total COVID-19 cases in Cerro Gordo up over 1,300, active cases at more than 250
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Total COVID-19 cases in Cerro Gordo up over 1,300, active cases at more than 250

October COVID-19 Iowa Map

Entering the last full week of October, total cases in Cerro Gordo County are above 1300. Active cases are close to 300. And there have now been 25 deaths from the virus.

During the summer peak for the COVID-19 pandemic in Cerro Gordo County, daily positive cases rose as high as 265 reported on July 21, according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The closest that the total for new reported cases has gotten in the three months since then is 179. That was on Friday.

Through Monday, there have now been 1,366 total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cerro Gordo County. Of those, 296 are active cases, while 1,045 people have recovered from the virus.

In the past week, two more people died in the county with COVID-19. Adults from ages 18 to 40 continue to account for the most cases. In the past week, four students in the Mason City Community School District tested positive for COVID-19.

October map of Iowa deaths from COVID-19

In the past week, Cerro Gordo County has had two more people die with COVID-19.

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Over the past two weeks, the average for positive cases in the county is at 7.9 percent, which is higher than stretches of the spring when it was at about 7.5 percent, but it is down from the summertime when the average got above 8 percent.

For the state as a whole, the positive case rate is 10.7 percent. The latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report, released Friday by state officials in response to an inquiry, said that 49 Iowa counties are in the worst “red zone” — an increase of 11 counties since the week before — and that another 19 counties are in a slightly less volatile “orange zone” — an increase of four counties. Another 21 counties are in the “yellow” zone — which dropped by seven counties from the week before. Cerro Gordo and Worth counties in North Iowa are two of only 10 of Iowa’s 99 counties not in any hot zone. Every other North Iowa county is in a yellow, orange or red 'hot zone."

Neighboring Hancock County actually just saw its highest total for daily positive cases in the past week when it reported 67 on Oct. 20. Statistics from the Department of Public Health show that that was then equal on Oct. 21 and Oct. 26. In total have been 319 positive cases for the county.

In the North Central Iowa area as a whole, the county with the highest number of cases per population of 100,000 continues to be Wright County with 720 total. However, it still hasn't seen peaks that have gotten anywhere close to June of this year when one day saw 170 positive cases.

By the same metric, the "best performing" county is Worth, which has had 144 total cases since the pandemic began.

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Jared McNett covers local government for the Globe Gazette. You can reach him at or by phone at 641-421-0527. Follow Jared on Twitter at @TwoHeadedBoy98.

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