CORONAVIRUS

Linn County COVID-19 deaths approaching 100

Two more Linn County residents have died due to the virus bringing the county death total to 98.

A sign at Prairie Creek Intermediate reminds students to wear their masks Monday, the first day of school in the College
A sign at Prairie Creek Intermediate reminds students to wear their masks Monday, the first day of school in the College Community School District in Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

Linn County on Wednesday reported two people had died due to COVID-19, bringing the county’s number of deaths to 98.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, 11 additional deaths were reported statewide, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,185.

Three of those deaths were in Polk County, which has reported 246 COVID-related deaths since March. Counties reporting one death each were Cerro Gordo, Clinton, Jasper, Plymouth, Tama and Winneshiek.

Statewide, 414 new COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 61,137 since the virus arrived in Iowa in mid-March.

The new cases were from 2,986 tests in the past 24 hours, for a positivity rate to 13.86 percent.

It was the second consecutive day the state has reported results from fewer than 3,000 tests, likely because of interrupted testing when Test Iowa sites were closed for the Labor Day holiday.

Linn County on Wednesday reported 20 new cases, bringing the countywide total to 3,282. The county’s positivity rate was 14.08 percent, and the seven-day average of new cases was 40.

Johnson County added 45 new cases for a total of 4,640 and a seven-day average of 77, which has been trending downward for the past week. The county’s positivity rate is 19.31 percent.

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Story County, home to Iowa State University, added 32 new cases for a total of 2,972 and a seven-day average of 60. Its positivity rate sits at 25.6 percent.

Black Hawk County, home to the University of Northern Iowa, reported 19 new virus cases, bringing its total to 4,059. The county’s seven-day average is 33 and its positivity rate is 13.67 percent.

Another Linn County long-term care facility has been added to the COVID-19 outbreak list — meaning more than three cases among residents and staff — with the Hiawatha Care Center reporting nine cases, with two individuals recovered.

Winslow House Care Center in Marion is still dealing with its own outbreak. The care center reported 22 cases as of 11 a.m. Wednesday. The facility reported five more recoveries, for a total of 17.

In Polk County, the Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center is experiencing its second outbreak, reappearing on the list with seven cases. It had been removed from the outbreak list July 14.

Statewide, hospitalizations were down Wednesday from 326 to 322. The number of patients in intensive care also was down from 92 to 83, and patients on ventilators remained the same at 37.

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