CORONAVIRUS

Iowa adds 834 coronavirus cases, 13 deaths on Tuesday

Linn County reports 63 new cases, one new death

Certified medical assistant Sillina Davis (left) gives a COVID-19 vaccine shot Jan. 15 to Traci Freeberg, a front office
Certified medical assistant Sillina Davis (left) gives a COVID-19 vaccine shot Jan. 15 to Traci Freeberg, a front office worker at OB-GYN Associates, at the Eastern Iowa Health Center in southeast Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Iowa on Tuesday reported 834 new coronavirus cases and 13 new confirmed deaths.

The new numbers bring the state’s totals to 320,340 cases and 4,919 deaths.

The deaths reported Tuesday took place between Dec. 8 and Jan. 13, according to the Iowa Deaprtment of Public Health.

The new cases were identified in 3,231 coronavirus tests over the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Linn County on Tuesday added 63 new cases, bringing the county total since March to 18,587. Linn’s seven-day average is 68.

Johnson County reported 33 new cases, for its total of 12,511. The county’s seven-day average is 26.

Statewide, 116 of the new cases were found among young people up to age 18, bringing the total number of minors infected with the virus in Iowa to 35,105 since March.

VACCINATIONS

Iowa is the fourth to last among U.S. states and terrirotires in the percentage of population to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Washington Post.

As of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, that percentage stood at 6.1 percent. The only places with a lower percentage than Iowa are Idaho, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Virgin Islands.

Iowa has administered at least 194,009 first doses of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That number, according to the Post, is enough to 88.8 percent of the prioritized population — health care workers, long-term care facility residents, adults 65 or older, people at high risk of severe illness, first responders and frontline essential workers, including educators and those working in manufacturing.

Iowa sits in 26th place in the U.S. and its territories for the percentage of its population — 1.9 percent — that has completed two doses of the vaccine.

Counties reporting one death each were Linn, Cherokee, Clay, Dubuque, Louisa, Plymouth and Woodbury.

HOSPITALIZATIONS

Across the state, 390 individuals were hospitalized with the virus as of Tuesday, an increase from 368 reported Monday.

Patients in intensive care units dropped 92 to 88, and patients on ventilators went from 28 to 31.

LONG-TERM CARE

As of Tuesday, 48 of Iowa’s long-term care facilities were experiencing virus outbreaks, according to IDPH data, down seven from the day prior.

Within those facilities, 1,418 individuals have tested positive for the virus, down 223 Monday.

Since the start of the pandemic, 2,018 Iowans within facilities have died.

The Gardens in Cedar Rapids, which had been on the state’s outbreak list since Nov. 25, was removed Tuesday.

With that removal, no care facilities in Linn County are reporting outbreaks.

In Johnson County, Lantern Park Specialty Care in Coralville remains on the list with 42 cases and 32 recovered.

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