Another Appanoose County resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Local public health officials announced Sunday morning that a female between the ages of 18 and 40 years old tested positive for the disease. It is the eighth case to date in the county.

Appanoose County Public Health is working to identify anyone who may have come in direct contact with this individual for notification purposes.

Local public health officials encourage residents to follow recommendations from Iowa Department of Public Health, Governor Reynolds and local healthcare agencies. Appanoose County Public Health, Appanoose County (ADLM) Emergency Management, local healthcare partners and local emergency response partners will continue to update the public as more information becomes available.

Case growth has slowed statewide in recent days. Monday marked 18 days since Iowa reached its highest daily case growth reported in the pandemic.

In the last six days, Iowa has added less than 400 new cases of COVID-19 per day to their figures.

Case growth in nearby Wapello County has followed the general slowing trend as well in the last week. The county is pushing the 400 case mark, with state data reporting 396 cases in the county as of Monday.

There are 22 known cases in Monroe, 13 in Davis County and 1 each in Lucas and Wayne counties, according to state data.

Statewide, the Iowa Department of Public Health reports 14,955 people have tested positive for COVID-19. Monday’s update said that was an increase of 304.

Four more Iowans died, bringing the state’s total to 355.

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday that more than 100,000 Iowans have been tested for COVID-19, a figure she said is without duplicate tests. She said the number of days it takes the state’s total to double, an important metric for tracking the expansion of the pandemic “is now at 21 days.”

She said the state’s website to track the virus, coronavirus.iowa.gov, will change to de-emphasize daily updates, which Reynolds called “obsolete.”

“The biggest change you’ll notice is the case counts will now be updated in real-time throughout the day, so that you’ll be able to see the numbers coming in,” Reynolds said. “Previously we scheduled updates to happen at a specific time each day.”

The updated website will also include information on serology tests, which can detect antibodies in people who never tested positive for the virus.

Matt Milner of the Ottumwa Courier contributed to this report.

Kyle Ocker can be reached at kocker@dailyiowegian.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker

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