Iowa adds 1,806 new coronavirus cases, seven confirmed deaths Tuesday

Linn County sees triple-digit increase in cases over 24-hour period

A medical worker gives a thumbs-up to a resident after taking a sample for testing for COVID-19 at the Test Iowa site at
A medical worker gives a thumbs-up to a resident after taking a sample for testing for COVID-19 at the Test Iowa site at the Kirkwood Continuing Education Training Center, 101 50th Ave. SW, in Cedar Rapids on May 7, 2020. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Iowa added 1,806 coronavirus cases Tuesday and seven new, confirmed deaths, according to data analyzed by The Gazette.

The new numbers bring the state’s total number of cases and deaths to 286,679 and 3,999, respectively, as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.

With 3,931 individual tests reported during the 24-hour period, the state’s positivity rate was 45.94 percent as of Tuesday.

Locally, Linn County added 109 virus cases Tuesday, for a total of 16,863. The county hasn’t seen a triple-digit, one-day increase since Dec. 20. Linn and Polk counties were the only two counties in the state with triple-digit increases Tuesday.

Johnson County added 65 cases, for a total of 11,355. The county had the fourth-highest increase in the state Tuesday.

Death totals for four counties — Linn, Bremer, Dallas and Pocahontas — decreased by one each after the deaths were reclassified from one county to another, according to Iowa Department of Public Health data.

Lyon County added three deaths Tuesday, Plymouth and Sioux counties added two each, and Cherokee, Clay, Emmet and Wright counties had one new death each.


Across the state, hospitalizations for COVID-19 ticked up again Tuesday, going from 571 to 582. Intensive-care patients went from 117 to 115, and patients on ventilators went from 55 to 53.

As of Tuesday, 100 of Iowa’s long-term care facilities were experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, with 3,982 people in those facilities currently positive with the virus. Since the start of the pandemic, 1,139 have died in long-term care facilities across the state.

Locally, The Gardens of Cedar Rapids remains at 24 virus cases and added two recoveries, for a total of 18.

West Ridge Care Center in Cedar Rapids still has 40 cases with one new recovery, for a total of 36.

In Johnson County, Lantern Park Specialty Care in Coralville has one new case, for a total of 38, and two new recoveries, for a total of 31.

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