CORONAVIRUS

Iowa sees highest total number of coronavirus hospitalizations since May

Statewide, there has been a 39 percent increase in hospitalizations in the past eight days.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehou
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, pool)

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iowa are up from 353 to 376 as of Tuesday at 11 a.m., the highest total here since May 28, according to data analyzed by The Gazette.

Statewide, hospitalizations have increased 39 percent in the past eight days. Intensive-care patients went up one from 96 to 97, and patients on ventilators went down from 39 to 36.

Additionally, seven more Iowans, including one in Linn County, have died as a result of the virus.

The state’s pandemic death toll now stands at 1,324.

Woodbury County reported two more deaths Tuesday. Chickasaw, Guthrie, Howard and Tama counties saw one new death each.

For Chickasaw County, Tuesday’s death was the its first. Eighty-eight of Iowa’s 99 counties now have had at least one virus death.

Across the state, 591 confirmed positive virus cases were reported, bringing the state total to 87,509. With 4,280 tests in the 24-hour period that ended at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Iowa’s positivity rate is 13.81 percent.

Forty-six of the new virus cases were young people up to 17 years old, bringing the total number of minors infected to 7,274. There were 91 positive cases for people who work in education, bringing that total to 3,799.

Linn County added 23 virus cases, bringing its total to 4,109. The county’s seven-day average is 42, and its positivity rate is 11.17 percent.

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Johnson County saw seven new cases, for a total of 5,168. Its seven-day average is 20, and its positivity rate is down to 3.48 percent.

Story County added eight cases for a total of 3,465. Story’s seven-day average is 2,1 and its positivity rate is 7.48 percent.

Black Hawk County added seven cases for a total of 4,513. Its seven-day average is 21, and its positivity rate is 4.49 percent.

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