CORONAVIRUS

Johnson County moves to No. 2 spot for most virus cases in Iowa

Test Iowa sites will be closed on Labor Day for the holiday

A worn mask is left in the parking lot of the Oakland Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Hy-Vee is n
A worn mask is left in the parking lot of the Oakland Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Hy-Vee is not currently requiring customers to wear masks while shopping, but masks were offered as customers entered. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

Johnson County now ranks second in the state for the number of COVID-19 cases in Iowa, behind only Polk County.

Johnson County, home of the University of Iowa, reported 108 new cases on Thursday, the ninth straight day of triple-digit cases.

The positivity rate for those tested was 28.5 percent.

The new cases bring Johnson County’s total virus cases since March to 4,209, second to Polk County’s 13,630, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Johnson County’s seven-day average, though, declined to 159, the first decrease after 16 straight days of increases.

Polk County, the state’s most populous county, and Story County, home to Iowa State University, also reported triple-digit increases in new COVID-19 cases — 120 in Polk and 108 in Story.

The positivity rate in Story County was 32.83 percent. It has had 2,267 coronavirus cases since March.

Statewide, 754 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, as of 11 a.m. Thursday, bringing the number of cases to 66,893.

The new cases came from 5,420 tests, for a positivity rate of 13.91 percent.

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Nine deaths were reported Thursday, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,134. Clinton County reported three deaths, with one each in Davis, Marion, O’Brien, Polk, Warren and Winnebago counties.

Hospitalizations increased from 310 to 323 over the 24-hour period. The number of patients in intensive care increased by one to 88, and the number of patients on ventilators increased by two to 41.

All Test Iowa sites, where many people go for COVID-19 tests, will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday.

Linn County reported 27 new cases Thursday, bringing the county’s total cases to 3,032, the fifth highest county total in the state. The Linn seven-day average for new cases is 26.

Cedar Rapids issued a mask mandate Wednesday, requiring face coverings to be worn in most public spaces. The five other Iowa cities with mask mandates are Des Moines, Iowa City, Dubuque, Mount Vernon and Muscatine.

Black Hawk County, home to the University of Northern Iowa, reported 23 new cases Thursday for a total of 3,853, the fourth highest county total in the state.

The county’s positivity rate was 13.14 percent, and its seven-day average of new cases was 34.

Two long-term care facilities have been removed from the outbreak list: Newton Health Care Center in Jasper County and Marian Home in Webster County

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Winslow House Care Center in Marion added two new recoveries for 11 total recovered in the facility, which had 22 cases.

Top 10 counties in total cases:

1. Polk County: 13,630

2. Johnson County: 4,209

3. Woodbury County: 4,199

4. Black Hawk County: 3,853

5. Linn County: 3,032

6. Story County: 2,657

7. Dallas County: 2,414

8. Scott County: 2,267

9. Dubuque County: 2,072

10. Buena Vista County: 1,831

Double-digit increases or more:

Polk County: 120

Johnson County: 108

Story County: 108

Woodbury County: 42

Linn County: 27

Plymouth County: 24

Black Hawk County: 23

Dallas County: 23

Warren County: 16

Pottawattamie County: 14

Scott County: 14

Tama County: 14

Marshall County: 11

Dubuque County: 10

Mahaska County: 10

The Gazette’s Katie Brumbeloe contributed to this report.

Comments: (319) 398-8255; gage.miskimen@thegazette.com

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