CORONAVIRUS

Johnson County reports two new coronavirus deaths, nine in the state

Hospitalizations at highest number since June 8

A health worker performs a COVID-19 test at a Test Iowa site at Waukee South Middle School, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in W
A health worker performs a COVID-19 test at a Test Iowa site at Waukee South Middle School, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Waukee, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Johnson County reported two coronavirus deaths by 11 a.m. Tuesday, bringing the total number of Johnson County residents who have died from the novel coronavirus to 12.

Nine Iowans’ COVID-19 deaths were confirmed by the state in the 24-hour period, with Polk County also reporting two deaths and Jasper, Louisa, Plymouth, Pottawattamie and Washington counties reporting one each.

The state reported 253 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 42,738. Of the 3,048 test results reported — the lowest number in over a week — 8.3 percent were positive.

Linn County saw 18 new cases, for a total of 1,855 and a rolling seven-day average of 35.

The rolling seven-day average is the average number of positive coronavirus tests over the past seven days, updated by The Gazette at 11 a.m. each day with the new data.

Johnson County reported 15 new cases and a total of 1,771. The rolling seven-day average is 19.

Hospitalizations rose from 241 to 253 in the 24-hour period. That’s the highest it has been since June 8, when 255 Iowans were hospitalized. Patients in intensive care units dropped from 78 to 75, and those on ventilators decreased from 32 to 31.

Winslow House Care Center in Marion reported one additional patient recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total of recovered residents to five. The long-term care facility still is reporting seven coronavirus cases. Pearl Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing at Gowrie in Webster County was removed from the list of long-term care center outbreaks.

Here are the 10 counties with the most coronavirus cases in Iowa:

1. Polk County: 9,112

2. Woodbury County: 3,569

3. Black Hawk County: 2,870

4. Linn County: 1,855

5. Buena Vista County: 1,776

6. Johnson County: 1,771

7. Dallas County: 1,674

8. Scott County: 1,491

9. Dubuque County: 1,377

10. Marshall County: 1,310

These counties saw double-digit increases in the 24-hour period:

1. Webster County: 37

2. Linn County: 18

3. Black Hawk County: 16

4. Johnson County: 15

5. Dubuque County: 14

6. Polk County: 14

7. Story County: 10

John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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