CORONAVIRUS

Iowa reports 13 coronavirus deaths, 850 new cases

The Greater Jefferson County Fair was a bit different this year because of the novel coronavirus. This sign from Iowa St
The Greater Jefferson County Fair was a bit different this year because of the novel coronavirus. This sign from Iowa State University Extension encourages attendees to share their contact information in the event they would need to be contacted later.

The state on Thursday reported 850 new coronavirus cases and 13 additional deaths from COVID-19.

Since March, 76,795 cases have been reported statewide.

Polk County, the state’s most populous county, has reported the most cases — 14,962. It reported 78 new cases Thursday.

Johnson County has the second-highest total of cases — 4,900.

The remaining counties in the top five are Woodbury County in northwest Iowa, 4,733 cases; Black Hawk County (Waterloo-Cedar Falls), 4,249; and Linn County, 3,629, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Linn County on Thursday reported 49 new cases, with a seven-day positivity rate of 11.81 percent.

Johnson County reported 21 new cases, with a seven-day positivity rate of 8.33 percent.

Black Hawk County, home to the University of Northern Iowa, reported 16 new cases, and a seven-day positivity rate of 8.08 percent.

And Story County, home to Iowa State University, reported 15 new cases, and a seven-day positivity rate of 10 percent.

Deaths

Counties reporting an additional two deaths Thursday were Dubuque, Marshall and Polk.

Counties reporting one death each were Black Hawk, Clinton, Lee, Monroe, O’Brien, Pottawattamie and Winnebago.

In Linn County, 101 people have died from the virus. In Johnson County, 27 have died.

Statewide, 1,248 Iowans have died, a little over half of them in long-term care facilities.

Two more long-term care facilities were added to the outbreak list, meaning they have three or more COVID-19 cases among residents and staff.

Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque County reported seven cases and Timely Mission Nursing Home in Winnebago County reported 17 cases.

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Hospitalizations in the state decreased Thursday, from 291 patients to 271. Patients in intensive care increased by six to 85. Thiry-six of those patients were on ventilators.

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