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Iowa surpasses 5,000 virus deaths Thursday

State adds 988 new COVID-19 cases and 58 new, confirmed deaths

A medical worker gives a thumbs-up to a resident after taking a sample for testing for COVID-19 on May 7 at the Test Iow
A medical worker gives a thumbs-up to a resident after taking a sample for testing for COVID-19 on May 7 at the Test Iowa site at the Kirkwood Continuing Education Training Center, 101 50th Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Iowa on Thursday surpassed 5,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The state added 988 new virus cases and 58 new, confirmed deaths within the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m., according to Iowa Department of Public Health data. The state’s seven-day average is 870 cases.

The positive cases come from 4,052 tests in the 24-hour period.

Thursday’s numbers bring Iowa’s new totals to 322,527 cases and 5,033 deaths.

NEW CASES

Linn County added 76 cases Thursday, bringing the county total to 18,729. The county’s seven-day average is 67.

Johnson County reported 42 new cases for a total of 12,597. Johnson’s seven-day average is 28.

Of Thursday’s cases, 185 were youths up to age 17, bringing the total number of minors in Iowa infected with COVID-19 to 35,492. Four new cases were people who work in education, bringing that total to 7,719.

CONFIRMED DEATHS

Of the state’s 58 confirmed deaths reported Thursday, 34 were of those 80 or older, 21 were 61 to 80 and three were 41 to 60.

The 58 deaths took place between Nov. 10 and Jan. 31, with 49 being in January, eight in December and one in November.

Polk County reported six deaths and Dallas County reported five.

Counties with four new, confirmed deaths were Linn, Dubuque and Lucas. Ringgold and Scott counties reported three deaths each.

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Counties with two new, confirmed deaths were Johnson, Clarke, Clinton, Jefferson, Warren and Woodbury.

Counties with one new, confirmed death each were: Appanoose, Black Hawk, Bremer, Cherokee, Decatur, Dickinson, Humboldt, Jackson, Louisa, Madison, Marion, Muscatine, Pottawattamie, Tama, Wapello, Washington and Winneshiek.

HOSPITALIZATIONS

Across the state, hospitalizations dropped from 382 to 360 in the 24-hour period. Intensive-care patients dipped from 86 to 77, and patients on ventilators went up from 34 to 54.

LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

As of Thursday, 47 of Iowa’s long-term care facilities were experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks. Of those outbreaks, 1,365 people were positive with the virus. Since the start of the pandemic, 2,064 people in facilities have died from COVID-19.

VACCINATIONS

On Thursday, the Iowa Department of Public Health announced it is seeking a “qualified vendor” to provide COVID-19 vaccine response support, a news release said.

The state is seeking quick assistance in creating a centralized vaccine call center to provide information about vaccine availability and to screen callers for vaccine eligibility, the release said.

The state also seeks a vendor to quickly develop and deploy an online vaccine registration system to sign up Iowans wishing to register for a vaccination.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, vaccine data from IDPH remained unchanged from the day before.

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John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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