CORONAVIRUS

Iowa COVID-19 hospitalizations surpass 500

Linn County sees highest seven-day average of pandemic so far

Medical assistant Shannon Jensen (right) carries a swab for a coronavirus test taken from a patient in their car back to
Medical assistant Shannon Jensen (right) carries a swab for a coronavirus test taken from a patient in their car back to her colleague Katrina Rogers to be bagged and sealed at the Family Medicine Clinic of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City on Monday, April 20, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

COVID-19 hospitalizations hit a record high in Iowa on Tuesday.

The number of hospitalizations in the state were at 501 on Tuesday at 11 a.m., according to data analyzed by The Gazette. The number increased from 480 on Monday. The previous high for hospitalizations was 482 on Oct. 14.

ICU patients also went up — from 108 to 122 — and patients on ventilators remained the same at 45.

On Tuesday, the state added 754 new positive COVID-19 cases in the 24-hour period as of 11 a.m., bringing Iowa’s total number of cases to 108,334. Additionally, 4,123 test results were reported in the last 24 hours for a positivity rate of 18.29 percent.

Of the new cases, 65 were children and 111 were people within the education sector. The new numbers bring the total number of minors infected to 9,436 and the total number in the education category to 5,369.

The state also added 13 deaths due to the virus, bringing the total number of Iowans who have died to 1,549. Two of Tuesday’s new deaths were residents of Linn County. The total number of deaths in Linn County is now 126.

Bremer, Calhoun, Howard, Muscatine, O’Brien, Polk, Scott, Sioux, Tama, Union and Woodbury counties each reported one death Tuesday.

Linn County added 35 more cases within the 24-hour period Tuesday, bringing the county total to 5,059. The county’s seven-day average is 50, the highest it’s been since the start of the pandemic. Its positivity rate is 9.36 percent over the past 24 hours.

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Johnson County reported 25 new cases for a county total of 5,649. Johnson’s seven-day average is 21 and its positivity rate over the past 24 hours is 12.95 percent.

Story County added 27 new cases for a total of 3,861, and its seven-day average is 19. Story’s positivity rate over the 24-hour period is 19.29 percent.

Black Hawk County added 33 cases for a total of 5,210. Its seven-day average is 39 and its positivity rate over the 24-hour period is 21.43 percent.

A couple of long-term care facilities were added to the state’s outbreak list Tuesday. Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone County has three coronavirus cases, and Westview Care Center in Hancock County also has three cases.

Winslow House Care Center in Marion was taken off the list, which it had been on since July 16. Hiawatha Care Center added two recoveries for a total of 69. Its amount of total cases remains the same at 81.

Winslow House Care Center had a total of 50 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of its outbreak in July. The care facility was taken off the outbreak list after not having any new cases for 28 days, according to a Linn County Public Health news release.

Additionally, four residents of the care center died due to COVID-19.

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