CORONAVIRUS

Iowa reports 1,053 new virus cases, 19 deaths

Dr. Caitlin Pedati, Iowa state epidemiologist updates the state's response to the coronavirus during a Sept. 29 news con
Dr. Caitlin Pedati, Iowa state epidemiologist updates the state’s response to the coronavirus during a Sept. 29 news conference in Johnston. (Associated Press)

Iowa on Wednesday reported 1,053 new coronavirus cases and 19 deaths for the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m.

The positive rate for the 6,459 tests was 16.35 percent.

To date, the state has reported 88,562 cases of the virus since mid-March.

The 19 deaths bring the state’s death toll to 1,343.

Two deaths each were reported in Black Hawk. Guthrie, Jasper, Marion, Polk and Winneshiek counties, while Linn, Crawford, Dubuque, Grundy, Ida, Mahaska and Woodbury counties reported one death each.

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals increased from 376 to 390. Those in intensive care unit increased from 97 to 100, with the number of patients on ventilators dropping from 36 to 31.

County numbers

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Linn County reported 64 new positive cases — the fifth highest daily total since March — bringing the county’s total cases to 4,173. The positivity rate was 13.47 percent. Linn’s seven-day average for new cases is 46, just below its highest seven-day average of 48.

Johnson County, home to the University of Iowa, reported 21 new cases, with an 8.71 percent positivity rate. The county’s seven-day average is down to 20. Since mid-March, the county has reported 5,189 cases of the virus.

Story County, home to Iowa State University, reported 23 cases and a positivity rate of 15.23 percent.

Black Hawk County, home to the University of Northern Iowa, added 35 new cases, with a positivity rate of 13.57 percent.

Occupation

By occupation, 87 new cases were among those working in education, bringing the total cases within that sector to 3,886.

By age, 135 new cases were reported among children age 17 and under. That age category has seen 7,409 cases since mid-March.

Care facilities

Three long-term care facilities — in Plymouth, Hancock and Webster counties — joined the outbreak list as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

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Additionally, Hiawatha Care Center in Linn County reported eight new cases, bringing its total to 49, with 38 recovered.

The number of cases at Winslow House Care Center in Marion remained at 42, with 33 recovered.

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John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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