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In Iowa, 8 more die of COVID-19

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials said eight more people have died from COVID-19 in Iowa, and 83 new cases of the disease were reported Sunday.

The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that the statewide total of coronavirus cases grew to at least 868, and 22 people in Iowa have died from the virus since the outbreak began.

The new deaths included three people in Polk County who were older than 61. The other deaths were reported in Appanoose, Johnson, Linn, Scott and Washington counties. Each of those counties reported one death of a person who was older than 61.

Health officials say more than 10 percent of all the positive cases in the state and more than 40 percent of the deaths have been associated with long-term care facilities.

For most people, COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are among those particularly susceptible to more severe illnesses.

The 83 new cases in Iowa include 22 cases in Linn County, 13 cases in Polk County and 11 cases in Johnson County. The virus has now been reported in 71 of Iowa’s 99 counties.