CORONAVIRUS

Iowa reports 5 more coronavirus deaths

It's the lowest daily death toll in days

Members of the Iowa National Guard on Thursday work the check-in tent for testing patients at the Test Iowa site near Ki
Members of the Iowa National Guard on Thursday work the check-in tent for testing patients at the Test Iowa site near Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. The site is only for those who already have appointments to be tested after taking an assessment at TestIowa.com. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

The state Sunday reported five more deaths due to the novel coronavirus — the first time in six days that Iowa has not seen a double-digit daily death tally.

The Iowa Department of Public Health also reported 323 new positive cases of the disease, up from Saturday’s count of 279 positive cases.

However, Sunday’s report of five deaths was the lowest daily toll since four deaths were reported May 3.

A total of 14,651 Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19 since the disease was confirmed March 8 in Iowa. The state death total is 351.

The Public Health department also announced one additional outbreak at a long-term care facility: Pillar of Cedar Valley in Black Hawk County, which reported five positive COVID-19 cases. The state now has reported outbreaks at 37 facilities.

The number of people currently hospitalized because of the virus decreased Sunday from 387 to 376. That’s the lowest number in more than two weeks.

Lucas and Adams counties saw their first known positive cases, leaving just Decatur and Ringgold as the only of Iowa’s 99 counties without a documented case.

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The total number of Iowans tested for the has surpassed the 100,000 mark (100,241). One in 215 Iowans tested so far has tested positive.

Sunday’s percentage of people who tested positive in the latest period was 8.2, the lowest since 7.77 percent April 7.

Polk County (2,922) has had the most positive cases, including a state-high 77 more Sunday. Woodbury County (2,215), Black Hawk (1,587), Linn (896) and Marshall (796) round out the top five, with Johnson County seventh (569).

Buena Vista County saw its state-reported positive cases jump from 82 to 102, a 24-percent increase that is likely due to a spike at a Tyson meatpacking plant in Storm Lake. The Storm Lake Times reported Wednesday that 64 workers at the plant had tested position.

The state set up mass testing at the facility Saturday. Major outbreaks at meatpacking facilities in Waterloo, Tama, Perry and near Sioux City and elsewhere already have occurred.

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