CORONAVIRUS

Iowa reports 13 more coronavirus deaths

Hospitalizations increase, reversing two-day drop

National Guard soldiers operate a checkpoint Thursday at the Test Iowa site at the Kirkwood Continuing Education Trainin
National Guard soldiers operate a checkpoint Thursday at the Test Iowa site at the Kirkwood Continuing Education Training Center, 101 50th Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Thirteen more Iowans died of COVID-19 and 287 more tested positive for the disease, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported Sunday.

The additions mean that a total of 265 people have died of the respiratory disease and another 11,959 people have tested positive for it in Iowa since the novel coronavirus was confirmed March 8 in the state. Of the positive cases, 5,154 people have recovered, according to state data.

Black Hawk County and Muscatine County each reported three new deaths from the disease and Polk County reported two. Dallas, Dubuque, Floyd, Tama and Woodbury counties each reported one death — a first for Floyd. There were no deaths reported in Linn County for the second day in a row.

An additional 11 people were hospitalized for COVID-19, reversing a two-day decline. Of the 413 currently hospitalized in the state, 105 of the patients are on ventilators to help them breathe, public health officials reported.

Current hospitalizations in Linn County were at 28 as of Friday, the most recent data available from the state health department. That’s the highest since the state began releasing the number on April 30.

Western Iowa’s Woodbury County saw a jump of 73 new cases and now totals 1,627. Polk County had 44 new cases and stands at 2,238 — the highest in state. Linn County had only eight new cases reported, bringing its total to 827. Johnson County reported only two new cases.

Black Hawk, according to the state figures released Sunday, had 16 new cases and is at a total of 1,493 and 23 deaths.

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Officials reported that 335,426 people have taken a coronavirus assessment at TestIowa.com. The assessment helps identify Iowans for testing. For those identified for testing, a drive-though testing site — the state’s fourth — opened last week at the Kirkwood Continuing Education Training Center in Cedar Rapids.

Here are the 10 counties with the most positive cases reported as of Sunday:

• Polk: 2,238

• Woodbury: 1,627

• Black Hawk: 1,493

• Linn: 827

• Marshall: 721

• Dallas: 676

• Johnson: 551

• Muscatine: 488

• Tama: 329

• Louisa: 282

John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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