As of 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 68 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). That represents a 54 percent increase compared with the number of cases reported Friday.

Of the total cases reported Iowa, one each has been reported in Adair, Carroll, Fayette, Harrison, Henry, Story, and Winneshiek counties. Two cases each have been reported in Dubuque, Muscatine, Pottawattamie, and Washington counties, and three cases each in Blackhawk and Linn counties. Allamakee and Dallas counties each have five reported cases. Ten cases are reported in Polk County and 27 in Johnson County.

 The IDPH reported as yesterday 765 negative COVID-19 tests - this number only represents tests performed at the State Hygienic Lab and does not include tests sent to national labs.

Testing is being offered at many different laboratories, therefore the number of tests pending and negative is no longer available. IDPH will focus on reporting positive test results, which are required by law to be reported to the department.

For more information on COVID-19 and community mitigation strategies visit

idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus.