CORONAVIRUS

Iowa surpasses 170,000 coronavirus cases, Linn County exceeds 10,000

Number of hospitalizations continues to rise

Medical Assistant Alex Abodeely seals a container after collecting a sample for a coronavirus test at April 20 at Univer
Medical Assistant Alex Abodeely seals a container after collecting a sample for a coronavirus test at April 20 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Family Medicine Clinic in Iowa City. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

Iowa reported 4,338 new COVID-19 cases Thursday.

The number is the fourth-highest number Iowa has seen and the sixth-day-in-a-row above 4,000. The new cases as of 11 a.m. Thursday bring the state’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 170,359 since March.

With 8,559 test results reported, the state’s positivity rate over the 24-hour period was 50.68 percent, a record high.

The number of people hospitalized — 1,208 — was another record, increasing from Wednesday’s 1,190.

The number of patients in intensive care increased from 210 to 215, and the number of patients on ventilators remained the same at 101.

Deaths

The state on Thursday reported 30 COVID-19 deaths, the second-highest, one-day total during the pandemic, exceeded only by 32 deaths Oct. 21. To date, 1,928 Iowans have died of the virus.

Linn County reported three deaths Thursday, as did Harrison, O’Brien and Wapello counties.

Counties reporting two deaths each were Black Hawk, Cass, Dubuque and Webster. Counties reporting one death each were Adair, Cedar, Fayette, Ida, Jones, Louisa, Marion, Polk, Pottawattamie and Wright.

County numbers

Linn County reported 377 new coronavirus cases Thursday, with a positivity rate of 48.33 percent. for The county’s seven-day average of new cases is slightly down at 403, after 20 days of increases. To date, 10,372 cases have been reported in Linn County.

Jones County reported 139 cases Thursday for a total of 1,671. The county’s seven-day average is 121.

Johnson County, home to the University of Iowa in Iowa City, reported 166 new virus cases, with a positivity rate of 33.2 percent. The county’s seven-day average of new cases is 171. To date, it’s had 7,753 cases diagnosed.

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Story County, home to Iowa State University in Ames, added 101 new cases, with a positivity rate of 38.55 percent. Story’s seven-day average is 99, down slightly after increasing the past 15 days. To date, the county has had 5,197 cases.

Black Hawk County, home to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, reported 176 new cases with a positivity rate of 65.19 percent. The county’s seven-day average is 201. It’s had 8,385 cases since March.

By Occupation

Of the new cases statewide, 501 were found in individuals up to age 18, the second-highest number recorded after 522 reported on Nov. 9. To date, 15,927 children had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Additionally, 53 of the new cases were among those working in the education sector. That sector has recorded 7,458 infections since March.

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John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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