Warren County added another 44 cases of COVID-19 Thursday, with 26 of them in the 50125 zip code, which includes Indianola, according to the Warren County Department of Public Health zip code data released Thursday morning.
Indianola city manager Ryan Waller said the city of Indianola itself added eight cases within the city limits and two within the city’s fire district, which extends outside of the city limits.
That moves the city to 512 cases of the virus since the pandemic began with another 142 cases in the fire district, according to Waller. Warren County as a whole has had 2,346 cases of the virus since the pandemic began, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.
The 50211 zip code, which includes Norwalk, added eight cases, climbing to a total of 727. The 50047 zip code, which includes Carlisle, added four new cases, moving to a total of 352 since the pandemic began.
Other Warren County zip codes adding cases include: 50001/Ackworth, two; 50166/Milo; 50139/Lacona; 50320/Des Moines and 50061/Cumming each added one.
The Simpsonian, the Simpson College student newspaper, also reported that the college added five cases of the virus Thursday for a total of 23 active cases on campus. There have 12 new cases during the week of Nov. 12 and 64 students are in quarantine, either on or off-campus.
The Carlisle Center for Wellness and Rehab, a long-term care facility in Carlisle, is the only Warren County facility to have an outbreak, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. The IDPH web site says the facility has had 20 positive cases and now has four people recovered.
Warren County’s positivity rate dropped from 18.6 percent on Wednesday to 17.7 percent on Thursday. The Harvard Global Health Institute’s dashboard of COVID-19 risk said that as of Tuesday, the most recent day for which statistics are available, the county was adding an average of 66.1 cases of COVID per day over a rolling seven-day period. The county had 124.6 cases per 100,000 people over a rolling seven-day period, the site said.