CORONAVIRUS

Iowa sets daily record with 2,617 new COVID-19 cases

Linn County sets another record, moves to third in state

Gov. Kim Reynolds in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)
Gov. Kim Reynolds in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

The state on Friday reported 2,617 Iowans tested positive for COVID-19, a record for a 24-hour period.

The total, as of 11 a.m. Friday, surpassed the previous record of 2,579 recorded Aug. 27, when Iowa added previously unreported antigen tests, causing a temporary spike.

Friday’s new cases were identified in 7,166 tests, for a positivity rate of 36.52 percent.

The statewide seven-day average of new cases is 1,713, another record for the seventh straight day.

To date, 124,611 coronavirus cases have been reported in Iowa since March.

The number of hospitalizations on Friday increased by one, to 606, a record for the fifth day.

Patients being treated in intensive care units increased from Thursday’s 135 to 152. Fifty-five patients are on ventilators, down one from Thursday’s total.

Linn County record

Linn County also set another daily record for new cases — for the fourth day in a row — with 219 confirmed COVID-19 cases and a positivity rate of 37.31 percent, according to Iowa Department of Public Health statistics.

Forty people were hospitalized from the virus Friday, up from 30 on Tuesday.

Linn County’s seven-day average of new virus cases is 123, a record.

Linn County now ranks third in the state in the number of COVID-19 cases reported since the pandemic reached Iowa in March.

To date, Linn has reported 6,166 cases of the virus. Polk County has the most cases at 19,927, followed by Woodbury County in northwest Iowa with 7,496.

Linn County had been holding steady at fifth place in the state, but this past week of record-smashing totals propelled it upward.

Johnson County, home to the University of Iowa, added 63 cases, bringing its total to 6,066. The county’s seven day average is 45 and its positivity rate is 20.26 percent.

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Black Hawk County, home to the University of Northern Iowa, added 136 cases, bringing its total to 6,062. The county’s seven-day average is 93 and its positivity rate is 56.20 percent.

Story County, home to Iowa State University, added 56 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 4,148. The county’s seven-day average is 32 and its positivity rate is 27.72 percent.

Children

Statewide, 275 new cases were reported in children up to age 17, the highest total since The Gazette began tracking youth cases Sept. 17. To date, 11,073 children have tested positive for the virus.

Friday’s total cases included 140 cases among education workers, bringing that sector’s total to 6,331.

Deaths

Fifteen deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Friday, including one in Linn County, bringing the state’s virus death toll to 1,713.

Hancock County in north-central Iowa reported two deaths in the 24-hour period. Other counties reporting one death each were Clinton, Des Moines, Emmet, Fremont, Hamilton, Harrison, Lee, Monroe, Scott, Tama, Washington and Woodbury.

Long-term care

Three more long-term care facilities reported outbreaks: Exira Care Center in Audubon County, four new cases and one recovery; Shady Rest Care Center, in Cascade, Dubuque County, seven cases and two recoveries; and Vista Woods Care Center in Ottumwa, Wapello County, five cases and one recovery.

Kanawha Community Home in Hancock County and Timely Mission Nursing Home in Buffalo Center in Winnebago County were removed from the state’s outbreak list.

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