CORONAVIRUS

Only 2 Iowa counties have escaped a COVID-19 death

Hospitalizations continue to decline.

Medical staff prepare to test someone for COVID-19 on Nov. 19 at the Test Iowa site, 5755 Willow Creek Dr. SW, in Cedar
Medical staff prepare to test someone for COVID-19 on Nov. 19 at the Test Iowa site, 5755 Willow Creek Dr. SW, in Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Iowa on Wednesday reported 22 new COVID-19 deaths, including one in Greene County, the 97th Iowa county to report a virus-related death since March.

Only Decatur County, in south-central Iowa, and Worth County, in north-central Iowa, have been without a COVID-19 death.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, 2,449 Iowans have died from the coronavirus, according to Iowa Department of Public Health data analyzed by The Gazette.

The state reported 3,020 new COVID-19 cases, with a 45.67 percent positivity rate. To date, 233,917 cases have been reported in Iowa.

The new cases included 355 children under age 18 and nine cases among people in an education occupation.

The state’s seven-day average for new cases — 2,137 — was down from 2,184 the day before and has declined for eight consecutive days.

Declines also were reported in the number of Iowans hospitalized, in intensive care or on ventilators. Hospitalizations stood at 1,162, down 19 from Tuesday’s 1,172. ICU patients dropped to 226, down from 235. And 131 patients were on ventilators, down from Tuesday’s 144.

County numbers

Linn County reported 188 new cases in the 24 hours ending at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with a seven-day average of 128 new cases.

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Johnson County reported 76 new cases, with a seven-day average of 72. .

Long-Term care

As of Wednesday, COVID-19 outbreaks — three or more cases — were reported at 163 long-term care facilities in Iowa. That’s 38 percent of the 431 such facilities in the state.

To date, 5,125 residents of those facilities have had COVID-19, and 1,075 nursing home residents have died. Those deaths represent 44 percent of the 2,449 Iowans who have died from the virus.

In Linn County, the Meth-Wick Health Care Center reported its sixth outbreak, with 22 cases, The Hiawatha Care Center reported 104 cases, with 78 recoveries. The Gardens of Cedar Rapids reported 13 cases, with one recovery. And the West Ridge Care Center reported 33 cases with no recoveries.

In Benton County, Keystone Nursing Care Center reported 32 cases, with five recoveries, and the Vinton Lutheran Home reported 42 cases, with 34 recoveries.

In Cedar County, Crestview Specialty Care reported 11 cases, with no recoveries.

In Jones County, the Monticello Nursing & Rehab Center reported 67 cases, with three recoveries, and the Anamosa Care Center reported 65 cases, with 50 recoveries.

Comments: (319) 339-3155; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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