On July 1, Scott County Health Department officials reported 659 COVID-19 cases. Over the course of the past 29 days, the county has seen an increase of 850 cases, which means over half of the county’s infections have been confirmed in a single month.
Yet infection increases were well underway as the calendar turned from June to July.
On June 19, Rivers noted the county confirmed 418 positive cases of COVID-19 and remarked that the infection rate “remained low” and the county was “averaging less than two new cases a day for the last 30 days.”
The date was significant because just one week earlier, on June 12, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds lifted the 50% capacity restrictions on all bars and restaurants. Rivers, Katz and other health officials throughout the county expressed concern over the moves, especially questioning if social distancing could be maintained.
Those concerns have been realized.
In the 21-day span from June 19 — one week after the reopen — to July 10, Scott County saw confirmed cases jump 568 cases, from 418 to 986.
Scott County’s death toll remained at 11.
Scott County’s rise in positive cases mirrors a great deal of the state. On June 12, officials reported 23,096 positive cases. By Wednesday the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state stood at 43,277.