About 57 percent of the COVID-19 cases in Warren County are among people under the age of 40, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health Friday.

"We have had a lot of teens in Warren County with cases," said Jodene DeVault, Warren County public health nurse Friday. "Most of them are not very ill at all, if they have any symptoms at all."

The DPH web site said that 11 percent of the 501 cases in Warren County have been among people ages 0 to 17, while another 46 percent are among people 18 to 40. Thirty-one percent are among people over the age of 41 and 13 percent are among people over 61.

Indianola city manager Ryan Waller reported that Indianola gained three cases in the city limits on Friday and two within the city's fire district, for a total of 143 within the city limits and 31 in the fire district.

Sixty four Warren County residents were tested for COVID-19 between 6 p.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. Friday, with four testing positive. According to the DPH web site, 288 people have recovered from the disease in the county.

Warren County Public Health officials notify the city of Indianola of positive tests. They usually do not provide weekend updates until Monday mornings.

Warren County continues to sit in the orange range of the Harvard Global Health Institute of risk from COVID-19 on Friday, with 18 people per 100,000 testing positive. Emmet County has the worst positivity rate in the state, with 66.7 people per 100,000 testing positive.

Currently eight counties are listed in the red zone. Fifty-one are in orange and 37 are in yellow. Three counties are listed as green.

Levels include:

Red — 25 cases or more per 100,000 people. Tipping point, stay-at-home orders necessary.

Orange — 10 to 24 cases per 100,000 people. Accelerated spread, stay-at-home orders and/or rigorous test and trace programs advised. 

Yellow — Fifty-five Iowa counties are in the yellow category. Community spread, rigorous test and trace programs are advised.

Green — Less than one case per 100,000 people. On track for containment, monitor with viral testing and contract tracing program.

The Indianola Independent Advocate will report the county's case count as of 6 p.m. Sunday-Friday in order to have consistent amounts of time between updates. We also will report the daily color status of the county.

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