DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said the state is "seeing steady signs of improvement" in its fight against COVID-19.
Reynolds said Tuesday that the state reported just over 14,200 new cases last week, which was down from around 30,000 per week early in November.
The statewide positivity rate has also dipped since new mitigation strategies were put in place. The rate was at around 30 percent early in November and was at around 15 percent last week.
Reynolds said despite it being a holiday week, Iowa tested more people last week than it did in early November.
"We are cautiously optimistic that mitigation is achieving what it is meant to do," she said.
Reynolds also called on Congress to come together and get a relief package passed to help small businesses.
"Even though the progress is reassuring, we are not out of the woods," she said.