COVID-19 Cases on the Rise in Central Iowa

(Des Moines, IA) – Our country has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past several weeks.  Central Iowa is now following the same trend. Over the past seven days, our positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise again.

“We have seen a new disturbing trend over the past week of COVID-19 cases increasing in Polk County,” said Helen Eddy, director of Polk County Health Department. “This is especially alarming since we are headed into a holiday weekend where we tend to socialize more with our family and friends.”

Since the beginning of June, Polk County has been averaging around 50-55 cases a day. The seven-day trend has shown an increase of 20% of new cases reported in both Polk and Dallas Counties. The United States has experienced the highest case counts of the pandemic, over 40,000 cases in the past two days.

“We know wearing a mask works. It helps to reduce number of positive cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” said Eddy. “Wear your mask to keep yourself, those around you and the community healthy and safe.”

In addition to wearing a mask, individuals can practice the following prevention tips to reduce the spread of COVID-19 over the fourth of July weekend:

  • Keep your guests to 10 people or less.
  • Hold your gathering outside, if possible. If inside, ensure social distancing and open doors and windows for proper ventilation.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet apart.
  • Avoid buffet-style or self-serving food stations. Wear gloves to serve food.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch areas frequently.

For more information about the COVID-19 in Polk County, please Polk County Health Department’s website at