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Jones County COVID-19 Case Count Expected to See Significant Increase

posted on 11/5/20

On Thursday, November 5, Jones County Public Health was notified by the Anamosa State Penitentiary that over 400 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. The COVID-19 cases reported in inmates housed at the Anamosa State Penitentiary will be included in the total case count for Jones County. Therefore, this large number of cases will cause a considerable increase in the total number of positive cases reported in the county, viewable on

The rate of community spread of COVID-19 within Jones County continues to surpass all previous levels. Jones County Public Health recommends residents participate in the important disease mitigation strategies of frequent hand hygiene, staying home when feeling unwell, social distancing, and wearing face coverings when in public.

Questions regarding the Anamosa State Penitentiary may be directed to the Iowa Department of Corrections. Jones County Public Health is not able to provide additional information on the situation.