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Iowa on Thursday added 305 new COVID-19 cases and three new, confirmed deaths.
The number of new cases was low enough to drop the state’s seven-day average for new cases to 276 — the lowest that average has been since June 20 last year, when it was 267.
The seven-day average for COVID-19 deaths is two, also the lowest that number has been since July 7 of last year.
Since March 2020, 368,773 cases of COVID-10 have been diagnosed in Iowa, and 5,997 Iowans have died of the virus, according to Iowa Department of Public Health.
Linn County on Thursday reported 15 new virus cases, bringing the total number of cases since March 2020 to 20,846. Linn County’s seven-day average of new cases is 18.
Johnson County added seven new cases for a total of 14,472 and a seven-day average of nine.
Statewide, 71 of the new cases reported were among children up to age 18, bringing the total number of cases among minors to 43,959.
As of Thursday afternoon, 1,180,486 Iowans were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
That’s 37.42 percent of the state’s total population, and 44.11 percent of the state’s population over age 12, the youngest age eligible for the vaccine.
The total number of people fully vaccinated in the state, including non-Iowans, is 1,228,237.
The number of total vaccine doses administered within the state is 2,553,301.
In Linn County, 94,084 people were fully vaccinated as of Thursday afternoon. That’s 41.50 percent of the county’s total population and 52.14 percent of the population over age 16.
In Johnson County, 73,145 people were fully vaccinated as of Thursday afternoon. That’s 48.40 percent of the county’s total population and 58.84 percent of the population over age 16
The Iowa Department of Public Health on Thursday reported four new deaths, though one death previously reported in Dubuque County, meaning the state’s death toll increased by three.
The newly reported deaths took place in April and May in Linn, Buchanan, Poweshiek and Wright counties.
Across the state, COVID-19-related hospitalizations increased from 159 to 162 on Thursday.
The number of patients in intensive care increased from 36 to 42, and patients on ventilators went from 17 to 19.
As of Thursday, only one long-term care facility in Iowa was still experiencing an outbreak — Risen Son Christian Village in Pottawattamie County, with nine cases.
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