CORONAVIRUS

Iowa tops 40,000 COVID-19 cases

Medical assistant Shannon Jensen (right) carries a swab for a coronavirus test taken from a patient in their car back to
Medical assistant Shannon Jensen (right) carries a swab for a coronavirus test taken from a patient in their car back to her colleague Katrina Rogers to be bagged and sealed at a temporary pre-procedure screening facility at the Family Medicine Clinic of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City on Monday, April 20, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

Iowa on Thursday reported 716 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours — pushing the statewide total past 40,000.

Since the virus was first appeared in the state in March, 40,509 people have tested positive for the virus.

That’s out of 436,734 tests conducted, for a positive rate of 9.3 percent, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Linn County on Thursday reported 44 new cases — its third highest total of new cases in a 24-hour period.

The new cases bring Linn’s total to 1,686 cases since March — with the county overtaking Johnson County for the fifth most cases in the state.

Johnson County added 30 new cases, for a total of 1,681 cases since March.

Seven COVID-19 deaths were confirmed Thursday, bringing the state’s death toll to 815.

Cerro Gordo and Polk counties each reported two deaths, with one death each in Jasper, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties.

Hospitalizations in the state have been trending upward since the start of the month.

On July 3, the state reported 134 people hospitalized with COVID-19 illnesses. On Thursday, 232 people were in the hospital, up from Wednesday’s 224.

The number of patients in intensive care ticked up from 71 to 73, and 32 of those patients were on ventilators, up from 31.

Top 10 counties in total number of virus cases

• Polk County: 8,737

• Woodbury County: 3,506

• Black Hawk County: 2,766

• Buena Vista County: 1,764

• Linn County: 1,686

• Johnson County: 1,681

• Dallas County: 1,614

• Scott County: 1,378

• Dubuque County: 1,277

• Marshall County: 1,230

John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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