Iowa virus cases jump more than 15% on Sunday

DES MOINES (AP) — The number of cases of coronavirus in Iowa increased more than 15% on Sunday to 2,902, according to state health officials.

The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that 389 additional cases of COVID-19 and one additional death related to the virus had been confirmed.

The state has now reported 75 deaths linked to the virus. The person who died was an adult between the ages of 61 and 80 from Muscatine County.

Iowa officials said 261 of the 389 new cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday were discovered as part of testing done at meat processing plants in the state. After more than 500 Tyson Foods employees were tested, 84 tested positive. Officials said 177 of more than 500 tests performed at a National Beef plant were positive for the virus.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in two to three weeks.

For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and death.