CORONAVIRUS

Iowa adds 1,685 coronavirus cases, 51 deaths

Linn County reports 79 new cases Thursday

Immunization pharmacist Beth Soenen prepares vaccine doses Dec. 29 at Oaknoll Retirement Residence in Iowa City. (Andy A
Immunization pharmacist Beth Soenen prepares vaccine doses Dec. 29 at Oaknoll Retirement Residence in Iowa City. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

Iowa on Thursday reported 1,685 new coronavirus cases and 51 confirmed deaths.

The new numbers bring state totals to 309,280 cases and 4,445 deaths since March, when the virus arrived in Iowa.

Iowa’s seven-day average for new cases is 1,116. according to Iowa Department of Public Health data analyzed by The Gazette.

The 1,685 new cases came from 5,220 tests in the 24-hour period, for a one-day positivity rate of 32.2 percent.

As of Thursday, 12 Iowa counties were reporting a 14-day positivity rate of more than 15 percent, down from 14 counties Wednesday.

Linn County on Thursday reported 79 new virus cases, bringing the county total to 17,878. Linn’s seven-day average is 52.

Johnson County reported 43 new cases for a county total of 12,169. The county’s seven-day average is 42.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, the state’s hospitalization numbers had not been updated from Wednesday’s 474 hospitalizations, 86 patients in intensive care and 36 patients on ventilators.

Deaths

Of the 51 deaths reported Thursday, 70 percent — or 36 individuals — were over age 80. Thirteen were between 61 and 80 and two were between 41 and 60.

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Webster County reported five of the deaths. Black Hawk and Dubuque counties had four deaths each, and Polk County had three.

Counties with two new virus deaths each were Clinton, Des Moines, Dickinson and Woodbury.

Counties with one new death each were Allamakee, Buena Vista, Cass, Cerro Gordo, Clay, Clayton, Emmet, Grundy, Hardin, Lee, Lyon, Mitchell, Monona, Montgomery, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Scott, Story, Tama, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, Winneshiek and Worth.

Long-term care

As of Thursday, COVID-19 outbreaks were being reported at 71 of Iowa’s long-term care facilities. An outbreak is three or more cases among residents and staff.

Within those facilities, 1,944 individuals have tested positive for the virus, an increase of 58 since Wednesday.

Since the start of the pandemic, 1,829 individuals — an increase of 23 since Wednesday — in the facilities have died due to the virus.

Northbrook Manor Care Center in Cedar Rapids remained at 46 COVID-19 cases but went from 29 to 36 recoveries.

Briarwood Healthcare Center in Iowa City added one new case for a total of 11.

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