Iowa on Tuesday reported 1,272 new cases of the coronavirus and 64 additional deaths, according to Iowa Department of Public Health data analyzed by The Gazette.
The positive tests were found among 4.197 individuals who were tested, for a 30.3 percent positivity rate.
This is the seventh day in a row where the average number of people tested has been below 5,000. The average hasn’t been that low since Sept. 15.
Statewide, 269,020 Iowans have tested positive for the virus since March.
Confirmed virus deaths in the state now total 3,653.
Linn County on Tuesday reported 69 new cases for a total of 16,069 cases since March.
The county reported one death, bringing the county’s death tally to 232.
Johnson County reported 38 new cases and two additional deaths, bringing its totals to 10,661 cases and 47 deaths.
Hospitalizations across the state increased from 644 to 651 in the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The number of patients in intensive care decreased from 142 to 140. Patients on ventilators inched down, from 72 to 71.
As of Tuesday morning, 133 long-term care facilities in Iowa were experiencing virus outbreaks, defined as three of more cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff. That total is down eight from Monday.
The state reported 5,340 individuals were sick with the virus in the facilities — a decrease of 384 from Monday.
In Linn County, Northbrook Manor Care Center in Cedar Rapids added eight new cases for a total of 24.
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Willow Gardens Care Center in Marion reported 73 cases; West Ridge Care Center, 40 cases; Meth-Wick Health Center, 30 cases; The Gardens of Cedar Rapids, 21 cases; and Terrace Glen Village, 12 cases.
In Johnson County, Lantern Park Specialty Care reported 31 cases.
To date, 1,137 individuals have died of the virus in the state’s long-term care facilities.
Polk County reported four additional deaths within the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Four hundred people have died of the virus in Iowa’s most populous county since March.
Counties on Tuesday reporting three deaths each were Black Hawk, Cerro Gordo, Clayton, Crawford, Jones, Keokuk, Plymouth and Sac.
Counties reporting two deaths each, in additional to Johnson, were Buena Vista, Dubuque, Lyon, Mitchell, O’Brien and Scott.
Counties reporting one death each, in addition to Linn, were Butler, Cherokee, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Harrison, Henry, Jasper, Kossuth, Louisa, Monona, Montgomery, Osceola, Palo Alto, Poweshiek, Story, Warren, Webster and Woodbury.
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John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.
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