CORONAVIRUS

Johnson County sees eighth day of virus spike 183 new cases reported in past 8 days

A National Guard member holds up a sign as cars enter at the Test Iowa coronavirus testing site May 28 at Kirkwood Commu
A National Guard member holds up a sign as cars enter at the Test Iowa coronavirus testing site May 28 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Johnson County reported 36 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours ending at 11 a.m. Wednesday — the second highest number of cases the county has seen in one 24-hour period.

This is the eighth day of double-digit increases for the county, the longest such streak since the COVID-19 pandemic began in mid-March.

In the past eight days, 183 new cases have been reported in Johnson County. That is the most cases reported for any eight-day period in the county.

Statewide, 255 new COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday, bringing the total to 26,601 since the outbreak began.

Of the 4,165 test results from the 24-hour period, 6.12 percent of them were positive.

Polk and Woodbury counties reported one death each, bringing the statewide total to 690 deaths since mid-March.

The number of patients hospitalized with coronavirus-related illness dropped by 14 percent, from 163 to 140, the lowest total since April 11, when 129 were hospitalized.

Patients in intensive care units dropped from 47 to 43, and those on ventilators decreased from 26 to 25.

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The Altoona Nursing Rehab Center has been removed from the list of long-term care facilities with outbreaks — defined as three or more cases among staff and patients.

Willow Gardens Care Center in Marion reported three additional positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total there to 23. Twelve people there have recovered from COVID-19.

The Gazette gathers COVID-19 data at 11 a.m. each day provided by the state of Iowa at coronavirus.iowa.gov.

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John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report

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