CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus hospitalizations trending up in Iowa

30 new hospitalizations in the past two days.

Medical Assistant Shannon Jensen takes a moment while waiting for another pre-operation patient scheduled for an April 2
Medical Assistant Shannon Jensen takes a moment while waiting for another pre-operation patient scheduled for an April 20 coronavirus test at the Family Medicine Clinic of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Iowa are beginning to trend upward again.

The number of patients rose from 285 to 301 within the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to data analyzed by The Gazette.

The number of patients has increased by 30 in the past two days.

The number of patients in intensive care on Wednesday increased from 72 to 77, and the number of patients on ventilators increased from 34 to 37.

New cases

Across the state, 906 new virus cases were reported, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health, bringing Iowa’s total cases since March to 82,115.

Of the new cases, 94 were for individuals ages 17 and under. Eighty-four cases were reported for individuals in the “education occupation” category.

Since March, 6,603 minors and 3,318 educational workers have had COVID-19.

Linn County on Wednesday reported 40 new cases, bringing the county’s total to 3,853. The county’s seven-day average is 39 new cases.

Johnson County reported 21 new cases for a total of 5,046, a total that ranks third among the state’s 99 counties. Its seven-day average is 24.

Woodbury County in northwest Iowa reported 104 new cases, moving it into second place among Iowa counties, with 5,145 cases.

Story County, home to Iowa State University, reported 27 new cases, bringing the county total to 3,342. The county’s seven-day average is 22, its lowest since seven cases were reported Aug. 13.

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Black Hawk County, home to the University of Northern Iowa, added 29 new virus cases for a total of 4,411, fourth highest in the state. Its seven-day average is at 25.

Deaths

Eight additional deaths were reported Wednesday, bringing the state’s virus death toll to 1,293.

Black Hawk County had two of those deaths. Six counties reported one death each: Clay, Clinton, Grundy, Lyon, Scott and Winnebago.

In Linn County, the Hiawatha Care Center reported one person had recovered from COVID-19, with 27 cases still active.

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