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According to latest statistics compiled by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 in Ringgold County is near the state average over the past seven days.
The county recorded a positivity rate of 11 percent among those tested, slightly lower than the 12 percent state average.
With exception of a notably higher rate in Adams County, area counties reported similar positivity rates:
• Adams 25 percent
• Union 11 percent
• Clarke 13 percent
• Decatur 12 percent
• Taylor 9 percent
Ringgold County has recorded the second fewest positive cases in the state since reporting began last March.
At 367 total positive cases, Ringgold County trails only Adams County with 271 positive results.
In comparison, totals from surrounding counties include 1,035 in Union, 698 in Clarke, 547 in Taylor, and 431 in Decatur.
Of those positive cases, in Ringgold County seven deaths have been directly attributed to COVID-19 with one additional death indirectly attributed to COVID-19 since March.
Death tolls in surrounding counties include Union – 19 (19 directly – 0 indirectly), Taylor – 8 (7-2), Clarke – 6 (6-0), Decatur – 4 (4-0), and Adams – 2 (2-0).
According to statistics from the Iowa Department of Public Health, Ringgold County ranks third in fewest number of COVID tests administered.
Area numbers include Union County – 5,362, Clarke – 3,809, Decatur – 2,773, Taylor- 2,131, Ringgold – 1,952, and Adams – 1,295. At 1,840, Wayne County reports the second fewest tests administered.
COVID-related statistics are updated daily at the state’s official pandemic website – coronavirus.iowa.gov.