CORONAVIRUS

Iowa adds 635 coronavirus cases, 15 deaths

State and Linn County have lowest seven-day averages of reported cases since fall

A medical worker gives a thumbs-up to a driver after completing a COVID-19 test May 7 at the Test Iowa site at the Kirkw
A medical worker gives a thumbs-up to a driver after completing a COVID-19 test May 7 at the Test Iowa site at the Kirkwood Community College Continuing Education Training Center, 101 50th Ave. SW, in Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Iowa on Thursday reported 635 new coronavirus cases and 15 new, confirmed deaths, with an increase in the number of virus-related hospitalizations.

The new numbers bring the state’s totals to 331,069 cases and 5,321 deaths since March, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The state’s seven-day average of new cases is 545, the lowest it’s been since Aug. 20, when the average was 523.

The 635 new cases come from 2,985 tests.

Linn County reported 31 new cases Thursday, bringing the county’s total number of cases since March to 19,181. The county’s seven-day average is 27, the lowest it’s been since 25 on Sept. 4.

Johnson County reported 19 new cases, for a total of 12,886. Johnson’s seven-day average is 19.

Of the total cases, 112 were of individuals up to age 17, bringing the total number of minors in Iowa infected with COVID-19 to 37,054.

Hospitalizations

The number of Iowans hospitalized with the virus increased from 235 to 252 in the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Thursday.

The number of patients in intensive care increased from 52 to 59, and the number of patients on ventilators increased from 20 to 24.

Vaccinations

As of 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Iowa had administered 529,445 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 508,648 doses going to Iowa residents.

Statewide, 266,445 individuals have had the first shot of the two-shot series, and 131,500 people have completed both shots.

Those numbers have more than doubled since Feb. 1, according to a Gazette analysis of public health department data.

In Linn County, 36,232 doses have been administered. Some 9.488 people — 5.44 percent of the county’s adult population — have completed both shots.

In Johnson County, 37,169 doses have been administered, with 11,568 people — 9.55 percent of the county’s population — having completed both shots.

Deaths

The 15 deaths reported Thursday took place between Nov. 19 and Feb. 14, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Six deaths were of individuals over the age of 80, eight were between 61 and 80 and one was between 41 and 60.

Four counties reported two deaths each: Page, Polk, Scott and Woodbury.

Counties reporting one death each were Black Hawk, Cass, Dallas, Lucas, Muscatine, Palo Alto and Webster.

Long-term care facilities

As of Thursday, 27 of Iowa’s long-term care facilities were experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to public health data.

Within the facilities, 761 individuals were positive as of 11 a.m.

Since the start of the pandemic, 2,139 individuals within facilities have died due to the virus.

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John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed.

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