CORONAVIRUS

457 new COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 69 new cases between Johnson and Linn counties

Six new confirmed deaths

Medical workers perform coronavirus testing on people inside their vehicles on May 28 at the Test Iowa coronavirus testi
Medical workers perform coronavirus testing on people inside their vehicles on May 28 at the Test Iowa coronavirus testing site at Kirkwood Community College. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

The state reported 457 new COVID-19 cases by 11 a.m. Wednesday, bring the total number of cases in Iowa to 43,195 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

THe new cases came from 5,146 tests, for a positive rate of 8.88 percent.

Johnson and Linn counties reported 69 new cases — 39 cases in Linn County and 30 in Johnson County.

Linn County has had 1,894 COVID-19 cases since mid-March, the fourth highest total among Iowa’s 99 counties. The county’s rolling seven-day average of new cases is 36.

Johnson County, with a total 1,801 cases, has a rolling seven-day average of 21 new cases. It has the fifth most cases among the state’s counties.

Six additional deaths were confirmed related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll 844.

Johnson County reported two of the deaths, for a total of 14 since the coronavirus began.

Hospitalizations are down from 253 to 246, though Dubuque County reported 23 people were hospitalized, the highest total since the state began reporting county-by-county numbers at the end of April.

THe number of patients in intensive care ticked up, from 75 to 76, and the number of patients on ventilators also increased by one, from 31 to 32.

Among the outbreaks at long-term care facilities, Solon Nursing Care Center reported 32 positive cases. .

New cases

Counties reporting double-digit increases in the number of new cases on Wednesday were:

• Polk: 74

• Linn: 39

• Johnson: 30

• Pottawattamie: 29

• Black Hawk: 28

• Dubuque: 21

• Dallas: 18

• Marshall: 17

• Wapello: 14

• Scott: 13

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