CORONAVIRUS

Iowa sets record highs for COVID-19 hospitalizations, 7-day case averages

Linn County also had a record high in cases in a day and 7-day case averages

Medical assistant Shannon Jensen (right) carries a swab for a coronavirus test taken from a patient in their car back to
Medical assistant Shannon Jensen (right) carries a swab for a coronavirus test taken from a patient in their car back to her colleague Katrina Rogers to be bagged and sealed at the Family Medicine Clinic of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City on Monday, April 20, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

Linn County reported a record-high number of COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period that ended at 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to data analyzed by The Gazette.

The county reported 110 new cases for a total of 5,639. Linn County’s seven-day average also was a record high at 83. Its positivity rate is 26.63 percent over 24 hours.

In total, Iowa added 1,175 new virus cases, bringing the state’s seven-day average to 1,329, a record high for Iowa.

Hospitalizations continue to rise, breaking the record again with 564. Intensive-care patients dipped from 129 to 128, and patients on ventilators went from 45 to 46.

The state also confirmed 21 new deaths, bringing the toll to 1,658.

Linn County had three of Tuesday’s recorded deaths. Woodbury County also had three. Harrison County had four. Emmet, Mills and Scott counties had two each, and Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Delaware, Mitchell and Shelby counties had one new death each.

With Mitchell County’s death being its first, 93 of Iowa’s 99 counties have recorded a virus death.

Of the new COVID-19 cases across Iowa on Tuesday, 119 were youths up to 17 years old, and 66 were people who work in education. In total, 10,366 minors and 5,892 within the education occupation have been infected in Iowa.

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Johnson County added 38 virus cases, for a total of 5,890. Its seven-day average is 34, and its positivity rate over 24 hours is 15.64 percent.

Story County had 24 new cases for a total of 4,014 and a seven-day average of 22. Its positivity rate is 22.02 percent over 24 hours.

Black Hawk County added 74 cases for a total of 5,652. Its seven-day average is 63, its highest since 74 on May 4. The county’s positivity rate over 24 hours is 32.88 percent.

A total of 2,032 infections have been linked to long-term care facilities around the state.

Willow Gardens Care Center in Marion added one new case for a total of 12 cases and four recovered.

Thornton Manor Nursing and Care Center in Allamakee County was added to the outbreak list with five cases. Ivy at Davenport in Scott County added nine cases, and Carlisle Center for Wellness and Rehab in Warren County has 14 cases. Friendship Haven in Webster County added three cases, and Southridge Specialty Care in Marshall County was added to the outbreak list.

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