CORONAVIRUS

Jones County in Iowa records first coronavirus death

Employee at Coralville Best Buy tests positive

Iowa counties with COVID-19 deaths, July 13, 2020. (Flourish graphic)
Iowa counties with COVID-19 deaths, July 13, 2020. (Flourish graphic)

The first COVID-19 death was reported in Jones County on Monday, making it the 63rd of Iowa’s 99 counties to record a death from the coronavirus.

Four new deaths were reported across the state, bringing the total to 753. One death was reported in Pottawattamie County and two in Story County.

There were 496 new positive cases of coronavirus reported in the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Monday, bringing the total to 35,502 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Linn County reported 19 new cases for a total of 1,403, with a rolling seven-day average of 18.

The rolling seven-day average is the average number of positive coronavirus tests in a county or state over the past seven days, updated by The Gazette at 11 a.m. every day with the new data.

Johnson County added 31 cases, for 27 consecutive days of double-digit increases. Johnson County has a seven-day average of 25 and a total of 1,480 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Polk County, which has the most cases in the state at 7,570, added 133 cases.

Best Buy employee tests positive, store closes for cleaning

In Coralville, an employee at Best Buy at Coral Ridge Mall tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the company.

“The store is closed until a deep cleaning can be performed and our own internal review is completed,” the statement said.

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Employees who may have been exposed to the virus have been notified and asked to self-quarantine, the company said. Employees who were scheduled to work while the store is closed and those asked to quarantine will be paid.

Long-term care outbreaks and hospitalizations

Long-term care outbreaks include Willow Gardens Care Center in Marion, where positive cases remain unchanged at 37 but recovered cases rose by 1 to 27 total. Accura Healthcare of Milford in Dickinson County was removed from outbreak list. It has been on the list since June 16.

Hospitalizations, intensive care unit patients and patients on ventilators all remain unchanged since last reported Sunday at 177, 54 and 26, respectively.

Of the 2,778 tests conducted within the 24-hour period, 2,282 were negative and 496 were positive, creating a 17.85 percent positive rate, an increase of more than 10 percentage points from Sunday’s rate of 7.11 percent.

The Gazette gathers COVID-19 data at 11 a.m. each day provided by the state of Iowa at coronavirus.iowa.gov.

• MAPS AND CHARTS: See the status of COVID-19 in Iowa

Here are the 10 counties with the most positive COVID-19 cases overall:

Polk County: 7,570

Woodbury County: 3,347

Black Hawk County: 2,528

Buena Vista County: 1,738

Johnson County: 1,480

Dallas County: 1,411

Linn County: 1,403

Marshall County: 1,101

Scott County: 1,088

Dubuque County: 985

These counties saw double-digit increases or more in the number of new cases in the 24-hour period:

Polk County: 133

Webster County: 54

Johnson County: 31

Scott County: 25

Dubuque County: 24

Linn County: 19

Black Hawk County: 18

Story County: 14

Warren County: 10

Comments: (319) 398-8372; alexandra.skores@thegazette.com

Katie Brumbeloe of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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