CORONAVIRUS

Iowa adds 840 new virus cases, 22 deaths on Thursday

Completed vaccinations pass the 100,000 mark

Medical Assistant Alex Abodeely places a COVID-19 swab into a container April 20 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Cli
Medical Assistant Alex Abodeely places a COVID-19 swab into a container April 20 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Family Medicine Clinic in Iowa City. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

Iowa on Thursday reported 840 new COVID-19 cases and 22 new, confirmed deaths

The new numbers, covering the 24 hours ending at 11 a.m., bring the state’s total number of cases to 327,257 and 5,196 deaths since March, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The new cases come from 3,724 tests in the 24-hour period. Iowa’s seven-day average of new cases is 676.

Linn County reported 35 new cases, bringing the county’s total to 18,990 since March. The county’s seven-day average is 37.

Johnson County reported 16 new cases, bringing its total to 12,755. The county’s seven-day average is 23.

Of the new cases, 170 were of youths up to age 18, bringing the number of Iowa minors infected with the virus to 36,352 since March.

DEATHS

The 22 deaths confirmed Thursday occurred between Nov. 25 and Feb. 8.

Of those deaths, 12 were of individuals over the age of 80, seven were of individuals 61 to 80 years old, three were of individuals between 41 and 60.

Polk County reported six of the deaths. Cerro Gordo and Clinton counties reported two deaths each.

Counties reporting one death each were Johnson, Benton, Black Hawk, Carroll, Decatur, Delaware, Greene, Guthrie, Harrison, Jones, Marion and Palo Alto.

HOSPITALIZATIONS

Across the state, hospitalizations again fell — from 292 reported Wednesday to 273, as of 11 a.m. Thursday.

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Patients in intensive care dropped from 67 to 64, and patients on ventilators edged downward, from 27 to 26.

LONG-TERM CARE

As of Thursday, 38 of Iowa’s long-term care facilities were experiencing virus outbreaks — three or more cases among residents and staff.

In those facilities, 1,046 individuals were COVID-19 positive. Since the start of the pandemic, 2,124 individuals in the facilities have died from the virus.

Lantern Park Specialty Care in Coralville remains at 43 cases and added one recovery for a total of 34.

VACCINATIONS

As of Thursday, the number of vaccine doses administered in Iowa reached 410,771, with 393,658 doses going to Iowa residents.

Individuals receiving the first dose totaled 194,991, and individuals completing the two-shot vaccination surpassed the 100,000 mark, at 107,890.

In counties, the number of doses is rounded to the nearest 100.

In Linn County, doses administered total 29,100, with 7,672 people having completed both shots.

Johnson County has administered 31,500 doses, with 10,187 people having completed both shots.

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