Iowa COVID-19 tally jumps to 105

    This is a new image of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the disease that flared in Wuhan, China, in late December and has killed nearly 2,000 people. (Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Lab)

    State health officials on Monday reported 15 more positive tests for COVID-19, bringing the total to 105.

    Gov. Kim Reynolds has declared an emergency, shutting down many businesses, schools and churches. Many Iowans are staying home to limit exposure to the virus and to help contain the outbreak. At this point, Reynolds has said she does not plan to order Iowans to stay home.

    Iowa has had 2,043 negative tests during this outbreak.

    The Iowa Department of Public Health reported these details about the 15 new cases:

    • Allamakee County, one adult (18-40 years)
    • Dubuque County, one adult (18-40 years), one older adult (61-80 years)
    • Hancock County, two older adults (61-80 years)
    • Johnson County, one middle-aged adult (41-60 years), two older adults (61-80 years)
    • Linn County, one adult (18-40 years), one middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
    • Muscatine County, one middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
    • Polk County, one adult (18-40 years),  one middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
    • Wapello County, one older adult (61-80 years)
    • Woodbury County, one middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.