The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact day-to-day life for people around the world including here in Iowa. In Iowa, there have been 88,829 reported positive cases of COVID-19 4,192 of which are located in Linn county. On Coe’s campus however, the numbers are extremely low. While there have been no reports of the total number of COVID-19 cases on campus, New York Times reports that there have been a total of 36 cases at Coe as of the time this story was written. Coe had one positive COVID-19 case among students and two among staff members as stated in the Coe College website on Wednesday September 20, 2020 . Everyone that has COVID or been exposed is safely in quarantine.
Looking at Iowa as a whole, Polk County still has the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases. Polk currently has 16,161 cases to date. Following Polk county is Woodbury, Johnson, and Black Hawk Counties respectively. The lowest number of cases reported in an Iowa county is 37 in Adams County. Taking a look at the 1,346 COVID-19 deaths in Iowa, Polk County holds the number one spot in deaths at 264. Following Polk is Linn County with 114 deaths.
Moving on, Coe College is still operating the same way as it did at the beginning of the semester largely due to Kohawks following the guidelines put into place by Coe. As a reminder we as Kohawks need to remain six feet apart from one another and always have our mask on to help prevent the spread of the virus. Remembering to always wash (and sanitize) your hands is helpful too according to the Center for Disease Control.