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Buena Vista County sees COVID-19 numbers go down; health officials still have concerns of second wave

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STORM LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) - With COVID-19 cases rising across the U.S., one northwest Iowa county is also concerned about a second wave.

Health officials in Buena Vista County, Iowa say they are finally seeing a drop in positive cases after being a "hot spot" for the virus. On June 1 Buena Vista County has about 793 COVID-19 cases, and as of 5:30 p.m. on June 26 they have confirmed 1,678 positive cases and three virus-related deaths.

Pam Bouge, administrator for Buena Vista County Public Health, says although they're seeing the numbers go down now, they should still remain cautious, especially with the 4th of July holiday approaching.

"We know that a lot of cities, counties etc. have postponed or canceled their events. However, we know we're a social group. We miss people. And I have concerns about gatherings that might happen over the 4th of July," said Bouge.

Bouge adds they were hit late, which caused their initial spike in cases. But as of June 26, 609 of the county's cases have recovered.

Emily Schrad

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