Local transmission is high as public health reports 65 new COVID-19 cases
Greene County Public Health reported Monday 65 positive COVID-19 cases in the last seven days for a positivity rate of 13.4 percent.
The county's positivity rate has risen from 10.9 percent on Sept. 13.
One new death was reported for a total of 12 COVID-related deaths in the county.
Fifty-nine percent of last week's cases were in residents 40 or younger. Thirty-three percent of those 65 cases were in residents 17 and younger. Fifty percent of Greene County’s population age 12 and up is vaccinated.
Public Health warns the rate of community spread is high.
The organization recommends residents get tested if they experience typical fall allergy symptoms.
"Have your allergies been acting up? Feel like you’ve caught a cold? If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have COVID-19," Greene County Public Health said in a release Monday afternoon. "Please get tested, waiting at least 48 hours after the onset of your symptoms: Fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea."
Forty-five percent of adults age 30-49 years old within Greene County are vaccinated while 65 percent of residents 50-64 years old are vaccinated. The highest rate demographic are residents 65 and older, with 87.7 of those humans having undergone the entire vaccination process. Thirty-percent of local children age 12-17 are vaccinated. Thirty-nine percent of young adults age 18-29 have received the proper vaccine dosage.
Test Iowa home kits are available at Greene County Public Health at no cost. Residents can arrange a curbside pick up by dialing 515-386-3228.