CORONAVIRUS

Johnson County records eighth-highest daily total of new coronavirus cases so far; 307 new cases are reported statewide

Johnson, Polk counties each added 44 new cases

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. Research into the link be
This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. Research into the link between high blood pressure and COVID-19 is ongoing. (NIAID/TNS)

Johnson County reported 44 new coronavirus cases, marking its eighth-highest daily total, on Tuesday.

The county has not seen a higher total since July 15, when it reported 51. No other county reported more than 44 within the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the exception of Polk County, which also recorded 44 new cases.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 307 new coronavirus-related cases statewide, for a total of 52,924 since early March.

Eight new deaths were confirmed, for a new total of 987 for Iowa.

Linn County recorded 10 new positive cases, for a total of 2,469 cases and a seven-day average of 24.

Removed from the statewide list of long-term care facilities with outbreaks was Willow Gardens Care Center in Marion, which had been on the list since June 10. As of Monday, it had 39 cases and 34 had recovered, according to the state Department of Public Health.

Elsewhere, Grand Meadows in Dubuque County also was taken off the list, having been on there since July 25.

Pinnacle Specialty Care in Black Hawk County was added to the list with five cases. Evans Memorial Home in Howard County reappeared on the list, after being added on July 7 and removed by July 14.

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Hospitalizations are up, from 283 to 287, while intensive-care unit patients are up, from 85 to 86, and patients on ventilators are up, from 33 to 35.

There were 3,272 tests conducted — with 307 positive and 2,965 negative results — for a 9.38 percent positive rate.

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