CORONAVIRUS

Iowa reports 1,424 new virus cases, 71 deaths

Linn County adds six new virus deaths

Medical staff take a nasopharyngeal sample for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 test Nov. 19 at the Test Iowa site, 5755 W
Medical staff take a nasopharyngeal sample for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 test Nov. 19 at the Test Iowa site, 5755 Willow Creek Dr. SW, in Cedar Rapids. The site provides protection from winter weather for medical staff and testing subjects. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Iowa reported 1,424 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday and 71 additional deaths, according to data analyzed by The Gazette.

The new numbers bring the state’s total of cases to 272,446 and the death toll to 3,739.

Linn County reported 71 new cases for a county total of 16,221. The county also reported six new deaths for a total of 240.

Johnson County added 39 virus cases, bringing the county total to 10,755.

On Thursday, Marion County reported six new deaths, Polk County reported five and Scott County reported four.

Counties with three new deaths include: Black Hawk, Jones, Pocahontas, Warren, Webster and Woodbury counties.

Counties reporting two new deaths include: Dickinson, Plymouth, Pottawattamie and Story counties.

Counties reporting one new death each include: Benton, Bremer, Butler, Cherokee, Clinton, Dallas, Delaware, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Keokuk, Kossuth, Lee, Lyon, Marshall, Mills, Mitchell, Montgomery, Palo Alto and Wright counties.

Of the total deaths, 40 were people over 80 years old, 26 were 61 to 80, four were 41 to 60 and one was between the ages of 18 and 40.

State hospitalizations were at 625 at 11 a.m. Thursday, down from 644 on Wednesday at the same time. Intensive-care patients went from 139 to 127 in the 24-hour period. Patients on ventilators dipped from 71 to 70.

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Of the new Thursday virus cases, 149 were youths up to 17 years old, bringing the total number of minors infected with the virus in Iowa to 28,251.

Additionally, two new cases were people who work in education, bringing the total of cases in that category to 7,669.

As of Thursday, 127 of Iowa’s long-term care facilities had COVID-19 outbreaks, according to state data. In those facilities, 5,206 people were positive for the virus and so far 1,137 have died.

In local long-term care facility changes, West Ridge Care Center in Cedar Rapids is at 40 cases with two more recoveries, a total of 22.

Meth-Wick Health Center in Cedar Rapids, still at 30 cases, added five more recoveries for 14 total.

Willow Gardens Care Center in Marion, still at 73 virus cases, added one more recovery for 61 total.

Johnson County’s Lantern Park Specialty Care in Coralville, still at 35 cases, added three new recoveries for a total of 12.

Test Iowa sites will be closed Friday for the Christmas holiday.

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