CORONAVIRUS

Number of coronavirus patients in Iowa hospitals highest since June

326 people were hospitalized as of Tuesday morning.

A sign at Prairie Creek Intermedia reminds students to wear their masks on the first day of school in Cedar Rapids on Mo
A sign at Prairie Creek Intermedia reminds students to wear their masks on the first day of school in Cedar Rapids on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. College Community students in the A block started class on Monday, and the B block will begin Thursday. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

Coronavirus hospitalizations in Iowa were at a three-month high Tuesday, according to data analyzed by The Gazette.

Three hundred and twenty-six Iowans were hospitalized due to the virus, the highest since June 1, when 327 people were in the hospital. The 326 is up from 311 in the 24-hour period that ended at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

However, patients in intensive care went down from 99 to 92. Ventilator use was up from 35 to 37.

Following the Labor Day holiday weekend, returned test results were at a 15-day low with 2,466 results reported. Test Iowa sites were closed for Labor Day and returned to normal operations Tuesday.

On Tuesday, there were 348 processed-positive test results, bringing the state’s total to 70,723. The positivity rate was 13.56 percent.

Additionally, there were seven confirmed deaths, bringing Iowa’s toll to 1,174.

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Two of the deceased were from Woodbury County. Black Hawk, Carroll, Clinton, Davis and Wapello counties each had one new death.

Linn County added 22 cases in the 24-hour period, bringing the county’s total to 3,262 and its seven-day average to 37. Its positivity rate was 12.29 percent.

Johnson County, home to the University of Iowa, added 25 cases for a county total of 4,595. The county’s seven-day average is at 88, and its positivity rate was 14.62 percent.

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In Story County, home of Iowa State University, 29 new cases were reported, bringing the county’s total to 2,940. Story County’s seven-day average is 69, and its positivity rate was 20.28 percent.

Up north in Black Hawk County, the home of the University of Northern Iowa, 16 new cases were added, bringing the county’s total to 4,040. The county’s seven-day average is 34, and its positivity rate is 21.33 percent.

Iowa Veterans Home in Marshall County was removed from the outbreak list for long-term facilities after its second virus outbreak. The facility was first removed June 12 and reappeared on the list Aug. 12.

Good Samaritan Society in Lyon County and Karen Acres Healthcare Center in Polk County also were removed from the outbreak list.

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