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According to latest statistics compiled by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 is the lowest in the area over the past seven days.
With only two new positivie cases over the past week, the county recorded a positivity rate of six percent among those tested.
Other area counties reported positivity rates roughly double those in Ringgold County:
Adams 17 percent
Union 15 percent
Clarke 14 percent
Decatur 12 percent
Taylor 11 percent
The seven-day average percentage statewide is 9.5 percent.
Ringgold County has recorded the second fewest positive cases in the state since reporting began last March.
At 352 total positive cases, Ringgold County trails only Adams County with 253 positive results.
In comparison, totals from surrounding counties include 1,005 in Union, 657 in Clarke, 531 in Taylor, and 415 in Decatur.
One potential reason for Ringgold County’s low positive numbers lies in the number of total tests administered. Test Iowa reports only 775 tests have been processed for Ringgold County residents, well below the number of tests reported in the next lowest county – Van Buren at 1,080.
Significantly more tests have been processed in surrounding counties: Taylor – 8,040; Clarke – 2,690, Decatur – 2,400; Union – 2,300; and Adams – 1,570.
COVID-related statistics are updated daily at the state’s official pandemic website – coronavirus.iowa.gov.