CORONAVIRUS

Virus hospitalizations approach record high in Iowa

More than 800,000 COVID-19 tests completed in state

Nancy Reasland, pandemic response coordinator at Cornell College, talks Sept. 14 about coronavirus testing at the privat
Nancy Reasland, pandemic response coordinator at Cornell College, talks Sept. 14 about coronavirus testing at the private college in Mount Vernon. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Iowa reported on Thursday that 407 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19, just 10 shy of the all-time high for the number of people hospitalized May 6.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care increased from 100 to 104, and the number of patients on ventilators increased from 31 to 33.

The state also reached a milestone, of sorts, on Thursday, when it reported, at 11 a.m., that 803,998 coronavirus tests have been done in Iowa.

That’s the equivalent of one of four residents of the state, population 3,155,070, having a test.

Of course, some people have been tested repeatedly, making it unlikely one-fourth of the population has had a nasal swab or antigen test.

Still, it’s an impressive number, not that far from 1 million tests.

Iowa also reported more than 1,000 new cases in the state, with 1,086 cases and a positivity rate of 15.85 percent.

Of those new cases, 120 were found in individuals age 17 and under; 79 were found in individuals in an education occupation.

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Fifteen additional deaths were reported at 11 a.m. Thursday, for a total of 1,358 deaths since mid-March.

Linn County on Thursday reported 47 new virus cases and one death. The county now has had 4,220 cases and 115 deaths since mid-March.

The county’s seven-day average for new cases is 43, with a positivity rate of 10.2 percent.

Johnson County reported 17 new cases for a total of 5,206. The county’s seven-day average is 18 and its positivity rate is 5.78 percent.

In Story County, 24 new cases were reported, for a total of 3,512. Its seven-day average is 20 and its positivity rate is 11.94 percent.

Black Hawk County saw 30 new cases in the 24-hour period for a total of 4,578. The county’s seven-day average is 21 and its positivity rate is 10.64 percent.

Long-term care

Long-term care facilities continue to battle virus outbreaks.

The Hiawatha Care Center reported one new case, for a total of 50 and 38 recovered.

Winslow Care House Care Center in Marion reported one new case, for a total of 43 cases and 35 recovered.

Sigourney Health Care in Keokuk County added three cases and River Hills Village in Lee County has eight cases and three recovered.

Northcrest Specialty Care in Black Hawk County was removed from the outbreak list after being on it since Aug. 17. Calvin Community in Polk County was removed again after its second outbreak, which began Aug. 12.

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John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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