CORONAVIRUS

Iowa coronavirus hospitalizations surpass 900, continuing record climb

More than 3,000 new virus cases Friday

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds removes her face mask before speaking at a July 30 news conference in Des Moines about coronaviru
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds removes her face mask before speaking at a July 30 news conference in Des Moines about coronavirus cases in Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa on Friday reported more than 900 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Iowa — the 12th, consecutive record-breaking day.

As of 11 a.m. Friday, 912 Iowans were in the hospital, with 164 of them admitted in the previous 24 hours.

The number of patients in intensive care remained at 88, a record. Patients on ventilators to help them breathe increased from 60 to 67.

Statewide, 3,393 new COVID-19 cases were reported Friday, the second-highest total behind Thursday’s record 4,706.

The positivity rate was 24.82 percent among the 7,850 tests reported Friday.

Seventy-five of Iowa’s 99 counties have 14-day positivity rates of 15 percent or more, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health, with 27 counties reporting 14-day positivity rates above 20 percent. Linn County’s 14-day positivity rate is 18.7 percent

The state’s seven-day average of new cases is 2,802, a record for the 14th day in a row.

Friday’s report brings the state’s total number of COVID-19 cases since March to 144,225.

Of the new cases Friday, 360 involved children up to age 18, where 13,042 cases have been reported since March.

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Of the new cases, 106 were found in individuals working in the education sector, where 7,099 cases have been reported since March.

Linn, other counties

Linn County reported 241 new COVID-19 cases Friday, its second-highest total after Thursday’s record 390. The positivity rate was 42.82 percent.

The Linn seven-day average of new cases is 241, a record.

Johnson County, home to the University of Iowa in Iowa City, added 113 new cases, its second consecutive day of 100-plus cases. The positivity rate was 29.2 percent. The county’s seven-day average for new cases is 86.

Story County, home to Iowa State University in Ames, reported 104 new cases, also its second straight day of 100-plus new cases. The positivity rate was 42.8 percent.

Black Hawk County, home to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, reported 176 new cases. Its positivity rate is 59.26 percent. Its seven-day average of new cases is 156, a record.

Deaths

The state on Friday reported 14 deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,815.

Cerro Gordo and O’Brien counties reported two deaths each. The counties reporting one death each were Adair, Black Hawk, Cass, Dallas, Dubuque, Harrison, Ida, Madison, Warren and Webster.

Long-term care

Anamosa Care Center in Jones County was added to the list of long-term care facilities with outbreaks of coronavirus cases. It reported 36 cases and is the first long-term care facility to report an outbreak in Jones County.

Willow Gardens Care Center in Marion added two new cases for a total of 21. Hiawatha Care Center added one new case for a total of 96.

Cedar Falls Health Care Center in Black Hawk County also added 12 cases and Accura Healthcare of Bancroft in Kossuth County added three.

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