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Iowa saw 467 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday according to Gov. Kim Reynolds.
At her Wednesday news conference, Reynolds said there have also been 12 additional deaths across the state. 12 deaths is the highest one-day total the state has seen thus far during the current pandemic.
Reynolds said that 93% of Wednesday's positive cases were from the 22 counties where full restrictions will continue after May 1.
The new numbers bring the state's total number of cases up to 6,843 and the total number of deaths up to 148.
Locally, Washington County saw one new case and one additional death in the county, bringing the total number of cases up to 139 and the total number of deaths in the county up to seven according to Iowa Department of Public Health data.
Henry and Jefferson Counties had no new cases on Wednesday, keeping the totals at 32 and six respectively.
On Monday, Reynolds announced she would allow less restrictions for 77 of Iowa's 99 counties, including allowing restaurants to open back up. Jefferson County is one of the counties that will be allowed to loosen some restrictions beginning May 1.
Washington and Henry Counties are not able to loosen restrictions along with Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Dallas, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama and Woodbury Counties.