CORONAVIRUS

Eight more Iowans die of coronavirus, bringing total to 22

Governor's office reports 83 more cases of COVID-19

Iowa coronavirus deaths (cumulative) on April 5, 2020
Iowa coronavirus deaths (cumulative) on April 5, 2020

Eight more Iowans, all over the age of 61, have died as a result of the novel coronavirus, officials announced Sunday — a grim rate more than twice as high as the worst daily toll seen so far in the state.

The Iowa Department of Public Health also said Sunday an additional 83 Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19.

In all, 22 Iowans have died because of the virus and 868 have tested positive so far since the first case in the state was reported last month.

Gov. Kim Reynolds has said she expects the disease to peak in Iowa in the next two weeks.

Four of the new deaths reported Sunday were of adults all older than 81 in Linn, Polk, Scott and Appanoose counties. Another four adults between 61 and 80 also died — two in Polk County, one in Johnson County and another in Washington County. This is the firs time the state reported more than three deaths in a 24-hour period.

Over 40 percent of Iowa’s cumulative deaths are related to outbreaks in long-term care facilities, including at Heritage Specialty Care in Cedar Rapids. Nearly half of 161 positive cases are related to the Linn County outbreak, officials said Sunday.

“This statistic underscores that COVID-19 poses the most risk for older adults above the age of 60 with chronic health conditions, resulting in more severe illness and death,” according to a release from the governor’s office.

“The Iowa Department of Public Health and public health officials continue to work closely with Iowa’s long-term care associations and facilities, providing guidance for sick residents, transferring residents in need of care to hospitals, constantly monitoring the health of other residents and staff, and implementing additional infection prevention measures.”

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Linn County has the highest count of coronavirus cases of any county in Iowa and claimed 22 of the 83 new cases. There were 10 new cases reported in Johnson County, bringing the county’s total to 106.

Cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, are found in 71 of Iowa’s 99 counties, according to the Health Department.

A case previously reported in Pottawattamie County was found to be negative and removed from Iowa’s count.

Iowans who have tested positive include 323 people between the ages of 41 and 60; 239 people between 61 and 80; 238 people between 18 and 40, 60 elderly adults and eight children, according to state data.

A total of 91 Iowans were hospitalized with coronavirus-related symptoms or illnesses, according to the latest Health Department data.

In all, 461 women and 407 men have tested positive in Iowa.

According to the Health Department, the locations and age ranges of the 83 new cases are:

• Allamakee County, one older adult (61-80 years);

• Benton County, two middle-age adults (41-60 years);

• Black Hawk, one adult (18-40 years), one middle-age adult (41-60 years);

• Boone County, one middle-age adult (41-60);

• Buchanan County, two adults (18-40 years);

• Cedar County, one older adult (61-80 years);

• Clarke County, one adult (18-40 years);

• Clayton County, one older adult (61-80 years);

• Clinton County, one middle-age adult (41-60 years);

• Dallas County, one adult (18-40 years), one middle-age adult (41-60 years);

• Hamilton County, one older adult (61-80 years);

• Henry County, two elderly adults (81+);

• Johnson County, seven adults (18-40 years), three middle-age adults (41-60 years);

• Jones County, one adult (18-40 years);

• Linn County, three adults (18-40 years), eight middle-age adults (41-60 years), four older adults (61-80 years), seven elderly adults (81+);

• Louisa County, four middle-age adults (41-60 years), one elderly adult (81+);

• Muscatine County, two adults (18-40 years), three middle-age adults (41-60 years), one older adult (61-80 years);

• Plymouth County, one adult (18-40 years);

• Polk County, three adults (18-40 years), eight middle-age adults (41-60 years), two older adults (61-80 years);

• Scott County, three adults (18-40 years);

• Shelby County, one middle-age adult (41-60 years);

• Tama County, one older adult (61-80 years);

• Warren County, one middle-age adult (41-60 years);

• And Washington County, two middle-age adults (41-60 years).

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The state has established a hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 at 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The line is available at all hours.

Gov. Kim Reynolds is scheduled to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday that will be livestreamed including at thegazette.com.

Comments: (319) 398-8330; molly.duffy@thegazette.com

Rod Boshart of The Gazette Des Moines Bureau contributed.

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