COVID-19 UPDATE: Active cases on the rise in Floyd County; CC theater reduces showings

As the COVID-19 continues to spread in Floyd County, the number of active cases rose to 49 as of Saturday, Aug. 8. That’s an increase of more than a dozen since the beginning of the month.

The state has recorded 148 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Floyd County since March, with 97 recoveries and two deaths, according to tracking by the Iowa Department of Public Health. New cases have surfaced in the county every day since July 28, totaling 38 through Saturday, Aug. 8.

The majority of Fayette County’s cases, 43 percent, have involved people between the ages of 18 and 40, while 24 percent have been between 41-60.


As schools are preparing to reopen, 9 percent of the confirmed cases so far have involved children 17 years old or younger, which is above the 7 percent for people older than 80 years. Sixteen percent have been between 61-80.

Surrounding counties are also seeing those number rise.

Cerro Gordo has 602 cases with 348 recoveries and 17 deaths.

Bremer County has 221 cases with 109 recoveries and seven deaths,

Butler County has 120 cases with 104 recoveries and two deaths.

Mitchell County has 78 cases with 67 recoveries and no deaths.

Chickasaw has 54 cases with 49 recoveries and no deaths.

Howard County has 49 cases with 37 recoveries and no deaths.

Statewide, 925 people have died because of the virus.


The Charles Theatre reopened July 31 with COVID-19 precautions in place, including requiring patrons to wear masks. In that first week, it showed the live action “Jungle Book,” but attendance was disappointing.

“Due to disappointing attendance this weekend we have decided to cut back our schedule,” says a Monday, Aug. 3, post on the theater’s Facebook page. “Starting August 7 we will only be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday evenings. Show time 7:00. Please remember that we have all kinds of safety measures in place to help protect you from Covid 19.”

This weekend’s movie is the 1980s hit movie “Footloose.”


The Floyd County Board of Supervisors plan to discuss COVID-19 issues during their 9 a.m. special meeting Monday, Aug. 10, in the courthouse in Charles City.

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced earlier this week that $100 million in federal CARES Act funding will be divided  between eligible cities (60%) and counties (40%) to reimburse COVID-19 response expenses. Census data from 2019 will be used to determine amounts. Another $25 million of CARES Act funding will be used to help local governments with match requirements for FEMA funding.


The Charles City Police Department has limited its services to the public because of the virus, although it assures residents officers are still responding to calls.

A notice on the department’s web page says: “We are not be doing finger-printing, tours, or dog registrations. We will also be limiting our interactions with the public as much as possible. We will still be responding to your calls. Thank you all for your cooperation and understanding.”


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