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A significant growth of COVID-19 cases in the State of Iowa has prompted Governor Kim Reynolds to close bars, taverns, breweries and nightclubs in Black Hawk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Polk and Story counties until September 20th, among other safety measures.

The latest update from the City of Indianola shows cases continuing to rise, with an additional eight cases within city limits since the August 31st update, and two more cases not within city limits but within the Indianola Fire District for a total of 255 cases to affect the fire district since the beginning of the pandemic. Indianola and the surrounding fire district saw a growth of 76 cases in the month of August.

The latest update from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows Warren County crossing the 800 case mark with 803, 25 more cases since the August 31st update. Warren County continues to see its highest active case total since the beginning of the pandemic with 251 active cases, and saw a growth of 284 cases for the entirety of the month of August, after seeing 251 total cases in the month of July. Warren County also saw an additional death from the virus since the August 31st update, and now has six total.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has set a 15% positive test rate as a metric that might indicate schools should move to remote learning. As of Thursday, Marion County is over the threshold at 16.5%, while Warren County is at 9.3%. There are nine counties currently over the threshold.