CORONAVIRUS

Iowa sees continued uptick in coronavirus hospitalizations

Family and friends of recovered coronavirus patient Chad Edmonds of Cedar Rapids hold signs while gathered for his disch
Family and friends of recovered coronavirus patient Chad Edmonds of Cedar Rapids hold signs while gathered for his discharge May 1 from UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

The number of Iowans hospitalized with coronavirus-related illnesses and in intensive care continued to tick upward on Wednesday.

Twenty-nine COVID-19 Iowans were admitted to the hospital in the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 149 hospitalizations, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The number of hospitalizations has increased for three consecutive days, which hasn’t happened since May 26.

In the last two days, COVID-19 hospitalizations have gone up 25 percent, from 119 to 149.

The number of patients in intensive care increased by three, to 37. The number of patients on ventilators increased by one, to 21.

The state reported four more deaths due to COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the state’s death toll to 717. The deaths were in Black Hawk, Des Moines, Lee and Woodbury counties.

Johnson, LINN Counties

Gov. Kim Reynolds said at a Wednesday news conference that 10 counties, including Johnson County, are seeing an increase in new coronavirus cases.

Johnson County reported 39 new COVID-19 cases in the 24-hour period, marking 15 consecutive days the county has reported double-digit increases in new cases. Public health officials have said the new cases are mainly among 18- to 25-year-olds.

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The seven-day rolling average of new cases in the county is now 49. In two weeks, the number of cases in Johnson County has gone from 661 to 1,173. The total is the seventh highest in the state.

Three people are hospitalized in Johnson County with COVID-19.

Linn County reported nine new cases, for a total of 1,206 since mid-March, fifth highest in the state.

Polk County reported 41 new cases, the most of any Iowa county.

Statewide

Statewide, 346 new positive cases were reported, bringing the state’s total to 29,290 cases.

Of the 4,883 people tested for the virus, 346 were positive, for a 7.09 percent rate.

The state reported two more Iowa long-term care facilities had coronavirus outbreaks, meaning three or more positive cases among patients and staff. They were at Risen Son Christian Village in Pottawattamie County and Touchstone Healthcare Community in Woodbury County.

Willow Gardens Care Center in Marion reported one more recovered, bringing that total to 18, with 26 remaining cases.

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John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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