CORONAVIRUS

Iowa reports 321 new coronavirus cases, five deaths

2,307 tests reported; lowest daily test total in at least two weeks

Medical workers take samples from residents for testing for the coronavirus COVID-19 at the Test Iowa site at the Kirkwo
Medical workers take samples from residents for testing for the coronavirus COVID-19 at the Test Iowa site at the Kirkwood Continuing Education Training Center, 101 50th Avenue SW, in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday, May 7, 2020. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Iowa reported 2,307 coronavirus tests in the 24 hours ending at 11 a.m. Monday, the lowest daily test total reported in the last two weeks.

Of those, 321 new positive cases were reported, for a 13.91 percent positive rate, the highest positivity in at least the last two weeks. Since March 8, the state has reported 45,802 cases of the virus.

Five new deaths were confirmed in Iowa, bringing the state’s total to 879.

Linn County added 30 COVID-19 positive cases for a total of 2,097 since the pandemic began, below its seven-day rolling average of 37 new cases.

In neighboring Johnson County, 15 new cases were reported, for a total of 1,922. Its seven-day rolling average is 24 new cases of the virus.

The seven-day average is the daily average of new coronavirus cases in the state or county over a period of seven days, updated daily with data collected by The Gazette.

Counties that recorded deaths were Muscatine (one), Pottawattamie (two) and Woodbury (two).

Positive cases in long-term care facilities in Johnson and Linn counties remained unchanged, according to state data.

Hospitalizations in the state are up from 231 to 241. Patients in intensive care are up from 75 to 78, and fewer people are on ventilators, down from 36 to 31.

Here are the top 10 counties with total number of virus cases:

1. Polk County: 9,719

2. Woodbury County: 3,645

3. Black Hawk County: 2,997

4. Linn County: 2,097

5. Johnson County: 1,922

6. Dallas County: 1,788

7. Buena Vista County: 1,784

8. Scott County: 1,591

9. Dubuque County: 1,536

10. Marshall County: 1,384

Here are the counties with double-digit increases of daily COVID-19 cases:

1. Polk County: 61

2. Linn County: 30

3. Dubuque County: 22

4. Johnson County: 15

5. Scott County: 15

6. Woodbury County: 13

7. Wapello County: 11

8. Black Hawk County: 10

John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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