The battle against COVID-19 continues in the state of Iowa and, unfortunately, the state has recorded the highest number of deaths in a single day, according to KWQC.

Governor Reynolds announced today that 12 Iowans passed away from the virus from 10 a.m. Monday through 10 a.m. Tuesday, raising the total to 148. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, four of the 12 deaths were in Linn County, where 40 people have now died from the virus, 27 percent of the state's total. Thirty-two people have died in Polk County and 13 in Black Hawk County, the only other counties where at least 10 people have passed away from COVID-19.

There were 467 new positive tests for COVID-19, raising the total of confirmed cases in the state to 6,843. According to Governor Reynolds, 93 percent of the positive cases came from the 22 counties under the tightest restrictions.

The governor also provided an update on Test Iowa, the website where all Iowans are encouraged to take a COVID-19 assessment. During the last week, 442,000 people have visited the website, with 229,000 taking the assessment. The five counties with the highest number of Iowans completing the assessment were Polk, Linn, Black Hawk, Johnson, and Dallas counties.