CORONAVIRUS

Three months of coronavirus in Iowa: 607 deaths, 21,918 cases

Test Iowa opens five new sites as number of people tested nears 200,000

Test Iowa logo on header of website TestIowa.com
Test Iowa logo on header of website TestIowa.com

In the three months since the state reported its first cases of COVID-19 on March 8, 607 Iowans have died as a result of the disease and 21,918 Iowans have tested positive for it.

The number of new daily cases peaked at 757 on May 1 and has been more or less trending downward since. In contrast, the state reported 307 new positive cases — less than half the peak — in the 24-hour period that ended at 11 a.m. Monday.

The number of new deaths reported daily peaked at 25 on May 22. Though the daily toll has declined since then, it has no done so steadily.

Another five deaths were reported Monday morning. Polk and Wapello counties each reported two new deaths, and Washington County reported one.

Almost half of the total deaths — 307 — have occurred in long-term care facilities around the state. On Monday, Cottage Grove Place came off the list of sites with outbreaks, local health officials said, making it the second Cedar Rapids facility to rebound after Heritage Specialty Care in late May.

The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Iowa peaked at 417 on May 6. More recently, the number of people being hospitalized because of the virus has declined for 12 days in a row.

Of a total of 265 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized, 27 were admitted in the last 24 hours. Eighty-five were in intensive care and 53 were on ventilators.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW ADVERTISEMENT

At the three-month mark, 192,949 people in Iowa have been tested for COVID-19, with 11.4 percent testing positive.

See more Iowa coronavirus charts and maps

Forty-three percent of those who tested positive were between the ages of 18 and 40. The second largest percentage of positive cases is of people ages 41-60, at 35 percent. People between 61 and 80 make up 13 percent of positive cases, and those 81 and older and 17 and younger have 5 and 4 percent of positive cases, respectively.

The number of people who have been tested, however, is just a fraction of the 624,831 people who have completed assessments at TestIowa.com. The assessment is a prerequisite for scheduling a free test at a Test Iowa location.

The $26 million Test Iowa Initiative is opening five more locations, the state announced Monday, in addition to 10 operating now, including one in Cedar Rapids.

The new locations are in Dallas, Page, Union, Carroll and Crawford counties.

Monday marked three months since the first cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in the state, after three Johnson County residents returning from an Egyptian cruise tested positive for the virus.

As the number of cases grew and community spread began, Gov. Kim Reynolds issued emergency orders banning gatherings of more than 10, along with closing businesses such as bars and movie theaters. She allowed restaurants to provide carryout and delivery, but banned sit-down dining.

Reynolds since has loosened restrictions on businesses, allowing casinos, amusement parks, malls, restaurants and bars and more to reopen but only at limited capacity and with health precautions in place.

Under her orders, people at gatherings of more than 10 still are supposed to stay 6 feet apart for social distancing.

Comments: (319) 398-8371; brooklyn.draisey@thegazette.com

Support our coverage

Our most important Coronavirus coverage is free to the public.

If you believe local news is essential, especially during this crisis, please donate. Your contribution will support news resources to cover the impact of the pandemic on our local communities.

All donations are tax-deductible.

Support our coverage

Our most important Coronavirus coverage is free to the public.

If you believe local news is essential, especially during this crisis, please donate. Your contribution will support news resources to cover the impact of the pandemic on our local communities.

All donations are tax-deductible.