Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced another new daily high in COVID-19 deaths at her news conference Tuesday.
Nineteen Iowans died of the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the state’s total to 207.
With 408 new cases, Iowa also topped the 10,000 mark.
“We’re fishing where the fish are, so it’s no wonder that our daily case counts have grown over the last few weeks,” Reynolds said. “We can’t prevent people from getting the COVID-19 virus.”
Reynolds said 56 percent of the deaths have been in long term care facilities.
“Iowa’s deaths are consistently among this most vulnerable population,” Reynolds said. “Despite the many, many proactive steps taken early on to protect our most vulnerable Iowans, preventing COVID-19 from impacting long-term care facilities is extremely challenging.”
Meat processing plants have also been hard hit:
A fourth Test Iowa site is opening in Cedar Rapids on Thursday.
You can watch the full news conference here.