CORONAVIRUS

51 new coronavirus cases in Johnson County; 4 more deaths reported in Iowa

Medical workers test people for coronavirus May 28 at the Test Iowa coronavirus testing site at the Kirkwood Community C
Medical workers test people for coronavirus May 28 at the Test Iowa coronavirus testing site at the Kirkwood Community College. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Johnson County on Thursday reported 51 new coronavirus cases, the second highest number of cases reported in one day since reporting began in mid-March.

It was the ninth consecutive day of double-digit increases in Johnson County, though only two people are hospitalized for COVID-19.

Statewide, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported 460 new cases, bringing the three-month total to 27,061.

Four additional deaths were reported, bringing the statewide total to 694. One death was in Johnson County, one in Mahaska County in south-central Iowa and two in Polk County.

Hospitalizations were down by three to 137, The number of patients in intensive care units decreased by one to 42. Patients on ventilators increased by one to 26.

Of the 7,004 coronavirus tests reported in the past 24-hour period, 450 cases were positive, for a rate of 6.4 percent.

In coronavirus outbreaks at long-term care facilities, two more cases were reported at Willow Gardens Care Center in Marion, bringing the total there to 25.

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Calvin Community and Fleur Heights Center for Wellness and Rehab in Polk County were removed from the outbreak list.

Public health officials on Thursday held a news conference to encourage Iowans to use face coverings in indoor spaces to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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