Virus Outbreak

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, pink, cultured in the lab.

OTTUMWA — Just 182 new cases of the COVID-19 disease were reported in Iowa Tuesday morning, with three of the new cases in Wapello County.

There are now 99 cases reported active in Wapello County.

There were four new deaths attributed to the disease statewide, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s numbers. None of the deaths were in the Courier’s coverage area.

There were 735 new recoveries and 1,895 newly tested.

In Wapello County, state data recently showed a new nursing home outbreak at the Good Samaritan Society. There are 15 positive tests to date at the long-term care facility, with two recoveries.

Elsewhere in the Courier’s coverage area, there were three new cases reported in Davis County, two in Jefferson and one in Van Buren.

The Indianola school district this week said a first grade student had tested positive, and quarantined that class by switching them to virtual learning.

Gov. Kim Reynolds at her Tuesday press conference said that the superintendent of the district would be joining her at her press conference on Thursday.

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Kyle Ocker is the group editor of the Ottumwa Courier and the Oskaloosa Herald. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.


Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the first vice president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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