A new web site developed by the Harvard Global Health Institute rolled out a new, color coded map, showing the risks of COVID-19 in every county in the country.
Warren County, which Wednesday reported an additional five cases of the virus, is listed as a yellow. According to the site, yellow means that Warren County is experiencing between one and nine cases for every 100,000. The site says that "rigorous test and trace programs are advised" for counties at the yellow level.
Red — 25 cases or more per 100,000 people. Tipping point, stay-at-home orders necessary. Nine Iowa counties, including Story and Johnson counties are red.
Orange — 10 to 24 cases per 100,000 people. Accelerated spread, stay-at-home orders and/or rigorous test and trace programs advised. Twenty four counties are listed at orange, including Polk County.
Yellow — See above. Community spread, rigorous test and trace programs are advised. Sixty-two counties are at the yellow level.
Green — Less than one case per 100,000 people. On track for containment, monitor with viral testing and contract tracing program. Four counties, including Greene and Mongtomery counties, are at the green level.
Indianola reported two additional cases of COVID-19 in the city Wednesday, giving the city with 77 cases within the city and 15 in the fire district, according to Indianola city manager Ryan Waller.
Notifications of new cases comes from the state Department of Public Health to Warren County public health and then to first responders who might have to handle someone who tested positive, which can slow local reporting.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health web site, 53 people in Warren County were tested between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. Wednesday. Five additional people in the county tested positive, raising the county's total cases to 250. Two additional people were reported as recovered for a total of 210. Two people in the county have died from the virus.
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.