CERRO GORDO COUNTY, Iowa - Over the past seven days, eight deaths have been recorded in Cerro Gordo County due to the coronavirus.
County health officials also said Thursday that there have been 249 positive cases in July.
“This increase in cases is not the result of an outbreak and does not come from a single source. This rise in numbers is attributed to community spread,” Cerro Gordo County Public Health director Brian Hanft said.
Seven of the eight recent deaths have involved people 80 and over. The other involved someone between 61-80. Hanft doesn't see this surge in cases and deaths slowing down letting up soon, and continues to stress guidelines such as social distancing, wearing a mask, frequently washing hands, covering your sneezes and coughs, disinfecting commonly used surfaces, and monitor your health regularly.
"I've always known what we've done is impactful, but not as urgently as what we are talking about. When we have cases that can literally be asymptomatic one day and 48 hours can be on a vent in a hospital, and or they perish in 72 hours...it's that literal."
“These deaths are heartbreaking and such a loss to our community."
The county has nine total deaths connected to the virus.