Lee County Changes COVID Reporting Process

FORT MADISON (WFEM) – Lee County Health Department officials have said they are changing the way they report cases of COVID-19.

Lee County Community Health Program Manager Emily Biddenstadt said it’s because of new state guidelines that change the way it reports, investigates and tests for COVID-19.

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Biddenstadt said the State Department of Health will update its dashboard results every week rather than multiple times a day.

She said the number of cases has declined statewide, so the state is making changes to reflect the new reality.

“This change sort of follows the flow of what’s going on in the state,” Biddenstadt said.

As of the end of last week, Lee County had 38 active cases, giving them a 2.8% two-week positivity rate.

The first of Lee County’s new weekly reports will be released on Wednesday, and then every Thursday of every week thereafter.

But the state said the move might not be permanent.

“IDPH said as things progressed, if we were to reinstate the reporting system to be more frequent, we would,” Biddenstadt said. “As we have more information, we will obviously get it out as soon as possible.”


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