CORONAVIRUS

Johnson and Linn counties report double-digit coronavirus case count

179 new positive coronavirus statewide Tuesday, lowest since June 21.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds removes her face mask before speaking July 30 at a news conference in Des Moines on the state's g
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds removes her face mask before speaking July 30 at a news conference in Des Moines on the state’s guidance for returning to school in response to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Johnson and Linn counties reported the highest daily COVID-19 case counts of Iowa’s 99 counties in a 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Johnson County reported 21 new cases for a total of 1,943 and Linn County reported 19, totaling 2,116 cases in the county — more than the 14 new cases reported in Polk, Iowa’s most populated county.

Statewide, 179 new positive virus tests were reported, the lowest daily total since June 21. That’s of 3,796 test results for a 4.72 percent positive test rate.

Both Johnson and Linn counties’ new daily totals fall below their respective seven-day averages. Linn County has a seven-day rolling average of 37 new cases a day and Johnson County’s is 25. The seven-day average is the average number of daily new coronavirus cases averaged over seven days, updated daily with new data by the Gazette.

Long-term care outbreaks in Linn and Johnson county facilities remained unchanged for the second day in a row. Solon Nursing Care Center in Johnson County has had 35 positive cases, with four recovered. In Linn County, Willow Gardens Care Center and Winslow House Care Center have both reported outbreaks.

Two long-term care facilites were added to the state’s list of outbreaks — defined as a facility having three or more positive cases in a two-week time frame. Prairie View Home in O’Brien County reported 14 virus cases, with one person recovered. Wapello County’s Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa reported six positive cases with no patients recovered.

Hospitalizations ticked upward, from 241 to 243 Tuesday. Patients in intensive care were down, from 78 to 75. The number of people on ventilators went up, from 31 to 32.

Here are the top ten counties in total COVID-19 case counts

1. Polk County: 9,733

2. Woodbury County: 3,653

3. Black Hawk County: 3,007

4. Linn County: 2,116

5. Johnson County: 1,943

6. Dallas County: 1,789

7. Buena Vista County: 1,786

8. Scott County: 1,595

9. Dubuque County: 1,538

10. Marshall County: 1,389

These counties had double-digit increases in positive cases as of 11 a.m. Tuesday

1. Johnson County: 21

2. Linn County: 19

3. Webster County: 17

4. Polk County: 14

5. Black Hawk County: 10

Comments: (319) 398-8370; sarah.watson@thegazette.com

John McGlothlen of the Gazette contributed to this report.

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