CORONAVIRUS

COVID-19 cases in Iowa up by 1,335 Friday, 33 new deaths reported

Staff nurse Rachel Lewis draws a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 14 for a health care worker at the Un
Staff nurse Rachel Lewis draws a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 14 for a health care worker at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

Iowa on Friday reported 1,335 new COVID-19 cases and 33 confirmed deaths.

The new numbers come roughly 24 hours after Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Iowa would be entering Phase 1B of its vaccination program starting Feb 1.

The next phase will make vaccination available to Iowans who work in law enforcement, emergency response, K-12 education and child care, as well as Iowans ages 65 or older.

The new cases — reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health between 11 a.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday — bring the state’s total number of virus cases to 310,615 and the state’s death toll to 4,478 since last March.

Iowa’s seven-day average of new cases is 1,118.

Health officials reported 4,120 COVID-19 tests were completed in the 24-hour period, for a one-day positivity rate of 32.4 percent.

On Friday, 10 of Iowa’s 99 counties reported 14-day positivity rates above 15 percent — a significant decrease from last week, according to a Gazette analysis.

Linn County reported 41 new cases Friday. The county’s seven-day average is 49. To date, 17,919 virus cases have been reported in the county, and 279 people have died.

Johnson County added 38 new cases. The county’s seven-day average is 40. Since March, Johnson County has reported 12,207 cases and 52 deaths.

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Statewide, the new cases included 188 new cases among youths 17 and younger and five cases among education workers. To date, 33,340 young people and 7,695 education workers have tested positive for the virus.

HOSPITALIZATIONS

The number of Iowans hospitalized with the virus dropped from 467 Thursday to 450 Friday, according to state public health data.

The number of patients being treated in intensive care units remained the same at 89. The number of patients on ventilators edged downward, from 35 to 34.

Vaccines

In the United States, 37,960,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed. A little less than half of them — 17,546,374 — have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The data, which was last updated at 6 a.m. Thursday, shows 15,053,257 people have received one dose, and 2,394,961 have completed the two-dose regimen.

In Iowa, 328,600 doses have been distributed, according to the CDC. Of those, 177,520 doses have been administered, with 167,961 doses going to Iowa residents, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Of those, 124,594 individuals have received the first dose of the vaccine series, and 26,463 have received both doses.

In Linn County, 13,188 doses have been administered to county residents, with 2,315 people having completed the two-shot regimen. Overall, Linn County has administered 13,852 doses of the vaccine.

In Johnson County, 15,045 doses have been administered to county residents, with 2,850 residents having completed both shots. Overall, Johnson County has administered 22,258 doses, meaning 7,000-plus doses have gone to out-of-county residents.

Deaths

Of the 33 deaths reported Friday, 20 individuals were age 81 or older; 11 were between the ages of 61 and 80; and one person was between the ages of 41 and 60.

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Polk and Scott counties reported four deaths each. Counties reporting two deaths each were Clinton, Dubuque, Story and Woodbury.

The counties reporting one death each were Allamakee, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Fayette, Grundy, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Lucas, Madison, Mills, Mitchell, Monona, Osceola, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, and Van Buren.

Long-term care

As of 11 a.m. Friday, 69 long-term care facilities in Iowa were reporting COVID-19 outbreaks, down two from the previous 24-hour period.

According to the state data, 1,869 individuals in long-term care facilities are positive for the virus — a decrease of 75 from the previous 24-hour period.

Since March, 1,854 individuals have died in long-term care facilities.

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