Iowa sees drop in COVID-19 positivity rate; expert warns of future spike – KCCI Des Moines

Iowa’s daily COVID-19 positivity rate appears to be hitting a plateau, but a central Iowa doctor said the numbers could foreshadow another spike in cases.On Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported that 8% of Iowans testing for the virus are positive — down from 16% three weeks prior.”It’s going in steps, and instead of being steps going down, it’s steps going up,” UnityPoint Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Rossana Rosa said.Rosa said Iowans take the virus seriously when case spikes occur, but tend to relax and resume normal activity when cases drop.”Each plateau that we hit is actually higher than the previous one,” Rosa said. “So, that is something that really worries me because it tells me that we’re not going in the right direction. We’re not really controlling the virus.”The Iowa Department of Public Health shows prominent COVID-19 case spikes in late April, mid-July and late August.Rosa said each case spike is larger than the last and that she believes a case spike following Iowa’s current plateau could be the worst yet.”We all like to see the numbers go down, but when you step back and look at the totality of the graph, that trend is actually not good,” Rosa said.Rosa said she will not feel the virus is under control until at least 70% of the population is vaccinated.

Iowa’s daily COVID-19 positivity rate appears to be hitting a plateau, but a central Iowa doctor said the numbers could foreshadow another spike in cases.

On Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported that 8% of Iowans testing for the virus are positive — down from 16% three weeks prior.

“It’s going in steps, and instead of being steps going down, it’s steps going up,” UnityPoint Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Rossana Rosa said.

Rosa said Iowans take the virus seriously when case spikes occur, but tend to relax and resume normal activity when cases drop.

“Each plateau that we hit is actually higher than the previous one,” Rosa said. “So, that is something that really worries me because it tells me that we’re not going in the right direction. We’re not really controlling the virus.”

The Iowa Department of Public Health shows prominent COVID-19 case spikes in late April, mid-July and late August.

Rosa said each case spike is larger than the last and that she believes a case spike following Iowa’s current plateau could be the worst yet.

“We all like to see the numbers go down, but when you step back and look at the totality of the graph, that trend is actually not good,” Rosa said.

Rosa said she will not feel the virus is under control until at least 70% of the population is vaccinated.