Simpson College kicked off its return to second semester classes Tuesday with five cases of COVID.
The Simpsonian reported on social media Tuesday that there are four students in quarantine on or off-campus and five active cases on the campus.
The college had 129 cases total while students were on campus in the first semester. Students went home for Thanksgiving break and completed their classes and finals remotely. This is the first time they have been back on campus since.
The Iowa Department of Public Health reported that Warren County added 17 cases of COVID-19 between Monday and Tuesday, moving to a total of 4,418 cases on Tuesday. IDPH also reported that 3,553 people in the county have recovered from the illness. The death rate remained flat at 38.
The county’s positivity rating — the percent of people who are tested for the virus who test positive — sits at 18.2 percent, according to the site.
Warren County Department of Public Health did not update its zip code specific map on Tuesday due to technical issues.