CORONAVIRUS

Linn County reports its second-highest number of coronavirus cases ever

The county also had one of Iowa's 21 new deaths as of Thursday morning

Jeff Hegwer (left) and Brian Dahl, custodians at John Adams Middle School in Mason City, pose outside the school. Their
Jeff Hegwer (left) and Brian Dahl, custodians at John Adams Middle School in Mason City, pose outside the school. Their jobs have changed this school year because of the pandemic. (Chris Zoeller/Globe-Gazette via AP)

Linn County on Thursday reported its second-highest number of new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period ever and its highest ever seven-day average of new cases, according to data analyzed by The Gazette.

The county added 73 new virus cases as of 11 a.m. on Thursday, bringing the county total to 3,355.

The new cases bring the seven-day average to 46, with a testing positivity rate of 19.57 percent.

Linn County also reported one additional death, bringing the county total to 99.

Johnson County, home to the University of Iowa, added 60 cases in the 24-hour period for a total of 4,700.

The county has a seven-day average of 70 new cases, the eighth consecutive day that average has trended downward. The county’s positivity rate is 13.92 percent.

In Story County, home to Iowa State Univeresity, 41 new virus cases were reported. The seven-day average is 51, with a positivity rate of 17.75 percent.

Black Hawk County, home to the University of Northern Iowa, added 31 new cases, It has a seven-day average of 34 and a positivity rate is 10.95 percent.

Statewide, Iowa reported 883 new cases, bringing the total number of infections since March to 72,020.

The new cases were found during 6,610 COVID-19 tests, for a positivity rate of 13.36 percent.

Hospitalizations were down from 322 to 302. The number of patients in intensive care increased from 83 to 85. Patients on ventilators dropped from 37 to 34.

Deaths

Twenty-one virus-related deaths were reported Thursday, bringing the number of Iowans who have died because of the virus to 1,206.

Black Hawk, Polk, Scott and Webster counties reported two virus-related deaths each.

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Counties reporting one death were Des Moines, Dubuque, Emmet, Grundy, Jones, Linn, Lucas, Lyon, Marion, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Wapello and Warren.

Long-term care

New outbreaks — three or more COVID-19 cases among residents and staff — were reported at four long-term care facilities: Denver Sunset Home in Bremer County, 12 cases; Creekside in Grundy County, 5; West Ridge Specialty Care in Knoxville, 7; and Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, second outbreak, 5.

The Hiawatha Care Center reported two additional cases, for a total of 11 cases.

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

John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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