CORONAVIRUS

1,400 Iowans have now died of COVID-19

Hospitalization numbers approach state record set in May

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds arrives to update the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference, Tues
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds arrives to update the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Urbandale, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa saw 534 new COVID-19 cases within the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, according to data analyzed by The Gazette.

Additionally, the state had 13 new confirmed deaths, bringing the state’s total to 1,400. Three of the deaths were in Floyd County. Allamakee, Dubuque and Woodbury counties had two new deaths each, and Hardin, Plymouth, Poweshiek and Tama counties had one death each.

Of the new virus cases, 56 were individuals up to 17 years old, and 69 were of people who work in education occupations.

The Des Moines Register and Associated Press reported Monday that a West Des Moines schoolteacher has died of COVID-19. But state coronavirus information did not reflect that death, still showing only one death that it had been reported previously.

Locally, Linn County added 31 virus cases for a total of 4,436. The county’s seven-day average is 47, and its positivity rate is 10.92 percent.

Johnson County saw 17 new cases within the 24-hour period, for a total of 5,296. Johnson County’s seven-day average is 18, and its positivity rate is 8.02 percent.

Story County added 25 virus cases Tuesday. The county’s total is 3,584, with a seven-day average at 17 and a positivity rate of 20.16 percent.

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Black Hawk County had 16 new cases. The county’s total is 4,667. Its seven-day average is 22, and its positivity rate is 9.64 percent.

Hospitalizations went up from 389 to 413 in the 24-hour period, only four short of the record of 417 on May 6. Intensive-care patient numbers went up from 99 to 104. and the number of patients on ventilators remained the same at 43.

A number of long-term care facilities were added to the outbreak list Tuesday.

Denison Care Center in Crawford County had six new cases, Good Samaritan Society-Estherville in Emmet County has 12 cases, Colonial Manor of Amana in Iowa County has five cases, with one recovered, Oskaloosa Care Center in Mahaska County has three cases. and Keosauqua Health Care Center in Van Buren County has four cases, with four recovered.

Locally, Hiawatha Care Center has 62 cases with 49 recovered as of Tuesday morning.

Good Samaritan Society-Forest City in Winnebago County was removed from the outbreak list Tuesday, as was Aase Haugen Home in Winneshiek County.

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