For the third day in a row, the number of COVID-19 tests reported by the state dipped below 5,000 Tuesday as the average number of new positive cases added each day over the course of a week declined also.
Public health data shows Iowa added 1,878 coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Of the 4,555 tests run in the period, 2,677 of them were negative or inconclusive.
That brought the state’s seven-day rolling average of new cases to 2,184 a day — making for declines in each of the last seven days. The new cases bring the state’s total so far to 230,897.
Iowa also confirmed 24 additional COVID-19 deaths in the period, bringing the total number of Iowans who have died because of the virus to 2,427. Clayton County recorded three of the new deaths. Counties with two deaths each were Benton, Black Hawk, Cerro Gordo, Jones and Louisa. Counties recording one death each were Dickinson, Harrison, Linn, Marion, Mitchell, Muscatine, Polk, Scott, Washington, Webster and Winnebago.
Hospitalizations across the state ticked up again, rising from 1,162 to 1,172. Patients in intensive care increased from 224 to 235 but patients on ventilators dipped from 147 to 144.
According to state figures released Tuesday morning, the total number of cases in Linn County since the pandemic arrived in Iowa dropped by 20 cases for a total of 14,356.
Asked about the discrepancy, Linn County Public Health referred questions to the Iowa Department of Public Health. That department did not give an explanation Tuesday afternoon.
Johnson County added 78 new cases for a total of 9,662 and a seven-day average of 73.
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Of the new cases reported Tuesday morning, 177 were of school-age children up to 17, bringing the total number of minors infected in Iowa to 22,888. There were also seven new cases reported of individuals within the education occupation category, bringing the total to 7,618.
As of Tuesday, there were 162 outbreaks at long-term care facilities in the state, an increase of six since Monday. The number of deaths within long-term care facilities increased by six over the period as well, bringing the total to 1,069 so far.
Locally, Terrace Glen Village in Marion was added to the state’s outbreak list with one case.
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John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.
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