IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) – Despite the more than 41,000 people now fully vaccinated in Johnson County, the number of COVID cases among younger people has become a concern.
In the last seven days, people between the ages of 18 and 29 have accounted for the largest percentage of new positive cases in Iowa. Across the country, this age group accounts for 26% of the new positive tests.
But in Johnson County, nearly 40% of all cases are the same age group. 8% of the positive tests in Johnson County last week were among those 1
The Iowa City School District reports nearly 1,000 students in quarantine as of Friday, April 9, with 57 positive cases and 84 suspected positive cases. The two schools with the most confirmed cases and quarantined students are Northwest Junior High and City High School.
Iowa City schools follow CDC guidance, which requires students to be quarantined if they have had close contact with a positive cause, mask or not. It is stricter than state guidance, which only requires vulnerable students in quarantine if they were not wearing a mask.
Sam Jarvis of Johnson County Public Health said they were aware of the large number of cases but could not pinpoint a specific reason.
“We expected an increase in cases across the board, probably due to spring break or better weather. If someone traveled and saw friends or family. At this point and time, we are unsure if there is anything specific about this or if it is a continuation of the journey, ”Jarvis said.
Jarvis said Johnson County Public Health will continue to have talks with the district about rising cases. He said that this first week of open eligibility for COVID vaccines has gone well, but as we have heard many times before, he hopes that people will be patient as there has been a great demand for the limited supply.
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