CORONAVIRUS

Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Linn County

74 Iowans are hospitalized; total cases number 614

A screening tent is set up outside of UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Hospital on March 27 in Cedar Rapids. (Rebecca F. Mil
A screening tent is set up outside of UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital on March 27 in Cedar Rapids. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Two more deaths related to the novel coronavirus — both in Cedar Rapids — were confirmed Thursday by Iowa public health officials.

Those who died were not identified but were between the ages of 61 and 80, officials said.

That brings the total coronavirus-related deaths in Iowa to 11 since it first appeared in early March.

The state also reported 66 new confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the state’s total to 614.

Officials said 74 Iowans are hospitalized with coronavirus-related illnesses or symptoms.

Linn County continued to lead all 99 Iowa counties with 103 positive cases, followed by Polk County with 87 and Johnson County with 80.

Cases of the virus have been reported in 63 of Iowa’s 99 counties, officials said.

Of the confirmed cases, 326 were women and 288 were men.

The 41 to 60 age range had the most cases, 226, followed by the 61 to 80 range with 178 cases. Younger Iowans in the 18 to 40 range had 168 positive results; 34 cases were in aged 81 and up; and 8 were below the age of 18, according to Iowa Department of Public Health.

The locations and age ranges of the 66 new cases are:

• Allamakee County, one child (0-17 years); two adults (18-40 years); four middle-age adults (41-60 years), one older adult (61-80) years

• Black Hawk County, one middle-age adult (41-60 years)

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

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

• Buchanan County, one adult (18-40 years)

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

• Cerro Gordo County, two middle-age adults (41-60 years)

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

• Clinton County, two adults (18-40 years); one older adult (61-80 years)

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

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

• Jefferson County, one adult (18-40 years)

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

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

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

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

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

• Muscatine County, one adult (18-40 years)

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

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

• Scott County, three middle-age adults (41-60 years); one older adult (61-80 years)

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

• Van Buren County, one older adult (61-80 years)

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

• Washington County, one adult (18-40 years); one older adult (61-80 years)

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

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

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus.

In addition, a 24-hour hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about the coronavirus. Call 211 or 1-(800) 244-7431.

The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19.

NOTE: A Des Moines County resident previously reported positive turned out to be negative. A previously identified Poweshiek County resident was actually a resident of Linn County.

Comments: (563) 333-2659; erin.murphy@lee.net

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