CORONAVIRUS

Iowa coronavirus cases increase, but hospitalizations down

Signs are posted May 28 at the Test Iowa coronavirus testing site at Kirkwood Community College. The Test Iowa sites wil
Signs are posted May 28 at the Test Iowa coronavirus testing site at Kirkwood Community College. The Test Iowa sites will be closed Friday for the Independence Day holiday. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

The number of coronavirus cases in Iowa continues to climb, although the number of hospitalizations from virus-related illness has declined.

Iowa on Thursday reported 675 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the past 24-hour period, bringing the statewide total to 29,965 since mid-March.

Iowa’s seven-day rolling average of new cases is at 415, the highest level since May 8 when it stood at 433.

Of the 7,719 coronavirus tests conducted statewide, 675 were positive, for a 8.74 percent positive rate — the highest percentage in the past month.

The Test Iowa sites that test people for the coronavirus around the state will be closed Friday for the Independence Day holiday, including the one in Cedar Rapids.

Statewide, the hospitalizations of people with COVID-19 decreased from 149 to 145.

The number of patients in intensive care units also decreased, from 37 to 36, and the number of patients on ventilators declined from 21 to 18.

No new deaths were reported Thursday. To date, 717 people have died from COVID-19 in Iowa.

Linn, Johnson counties

Johnson County on Thursday reported 46 new cases for the virus, the 16th day of double-digit increases.

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With 1,219 diagnosed cases since mid-March, Johnson County now has the sixth most cases in the state, bypassing Dallas County.

Linn County on Thursday reported 21 new cases, bringing its total since mid-March to 1,227, fifth highest in the state.

Linn County’s seven-day rolling average of new cases has been in the double-digits for the past 12 days.

Polk County’s new case county was up sharply, with 150 positive cases reported for the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 6,216, the most in the state.

Dubuque County’s cases were up by 9.5 percent in the 24-hour period, for a total of 579 cases.

Care facilities

The number of coronavirus cases at the Willow Gardens Care Center in Marion increased from 26 to 28 cases, with 19 recovered.

Two care facilities were added to the outbreak list, meaning three or more positive cases among residents and staff — Good Shepherd Health Center in Cerro Gordo County and Accura Healthcare of Ames in Story County.

Azria Health Prairie Ridge in Des Moines County was removed from the long-term care outbreak list.

The Gazette gathers COVID-19 data at 11 a.m. each day provided by the State of Iowa at coronavirus.iowa.gov.

Comments: (319) 398-8372; alexandra.skores@thegazette.com

Digital editor John McGlothlen contributed to this report.

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