CORONAVIRUS

Iowa adds 1,864 coronavirus cases, five new deaths

Linn County added 79 new cases on Thursday

Medical staff talk to people lined up Nov. 19 for coronavirus tests at the Test Iowa site, 5755 Willow Creek Dr. SW, in
Medical staff talk to people lined up Nov. 19 for coronavirus tests at the Test Iowa site, 5755 Willow Creek Dr. SW, in Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Iowa on Thursday reported 1,864 new coronavirus cases and five deaths.

Iowa’s seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases is at 1,584, an increase for the eighth consecutive day.

The positivity rate among the 4,836 people tested in the 24-hour period was 32.8 percent.

The 14-day positivity rate is 15 percent or more in 52 of Iowa’s 99 counties, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported.

The new numbers, analyzed by The Gazette at 11 a.m. Thursday, bring the state’s total virus cases to 291,397 and its death toll to 4,065 since the pandemic started in March.

Linn County reported 79 new cases for a total of 17,089. The county’s seven-day average is 77, an increase for the seventh consecutive day.

Johnson County reported 64 new virus cases, bringing the county’s total number to 11,484. Johnson’s seven-day average is 57.

Of the new cases reported statewide, 267 were found in individuals up to 18 years old, bringing the total number of minors in Iowa to be infected with the virus to 30,568.

Hospitalizations

The number of Iowans hospitalized with the virus, as of 11 a.m. Thursday, was 613, up from 604 on Wednesday and 582 on Tuesday.

Statewide, 119 patients were in intensive care units, up three from Wednesday, and 52 were on ventilators, a decrease of two from the day before.

Deaths

Three of the five deaths reported Thursday were of individuals more than 80 years old.

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The deaths were reported in five counties — Benton, Clayton, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury.

Long-term care

The number of long-term care facilities in Iowa reporting outbreaks — three or more cases among residents and staff — continued to declined, with 88 facilities reporting outbreaks, down three from Wednesday.

Within those facilities, 3,448 people are positive for COVID-19.

Of those who’ve died from the virus, 1,139 were in long-term care facilities. That’s around one-fourth of the state’s COVID-19 deaths.

In Eastern Iowa, Cedar County’s Clarence Nursing Home reported 78 recoveries, up 10 from Wednesday, with 80 cases reported at the home.

TOP 10 COUNTIES IN TOTAL COVID-19 CASES SINCE MARCH

1. Polk County: 43,003

2. Linn County: 17,089

3. Scott County: 14,593

4. Black Hawk County: 13,084

5. Woodbury County: 12,584

6. Johnson County: 11,484

7. Dubuque County: 10,879

8. Pottawattamie County: 8,575

9. Dallas County: 8,278

10. Story County: 8,273

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