CORONAVIRUS

State reports 217 new COVID-19 cases and 1 new confirmed death

Medical assistant Alex Abodeely seals a container after depositing in it a swab used to collect a patient sample for a c
Medical assistant Alex Abodeely seals a container after depositing in it a swab used to collect a patient sample for a coronavirus test at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Family Medicine Clinic in Iowa City on Monday, April 20, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

Iowa reported 217 new COVID-19 cases and one confirmed death in the 24-hour period that ended at 11 a.m. Monday, marking the lowest number of new cases reported since August.

New Cases

Of the new cases, 43 were recorded among youths age 17 or younger and three were recorded among education workers. To date, 36,751 young people and 7,722 education workers have tested positive for the virus.

Linn County added 14 new cases Monday for a total of 19,099 since March. Johnson County added 17, for a total of 12,829.

Since the novel coronavirus was first detected in Iowa last March, 329,315 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

The state reported 1,323 test results Monday, 1,106 of which were negative or inconclusive.

State data shows testing has dropped significantly over the past several months. Officials attributed the drop to the holidays and bad weather, which is expected to continue this week.

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Deaths

The state confirmed one COVID-19 death Monday, bringing the total to 5,237.

The person who died was between 61 and 80. The death was recorded Feb. 2 in Boone County.

Hospitalizations

The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in Iowa hospitals rose slightly, from 240 to 242, in the 24-hour period.

The number in intensive care remained at 57, while the number placed on ventilators to help them breathe dipped from 29 to 28.

As of Saturday, 23 Linn County residents and seven Johnson County residents were being treated for the virus in Iowa hospitals.

Vaccinations

The state reported that as of Monday morning, 487,281 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, an increase of 9,784 from the previous day.

Data shows that 123,131 people have received both the required doses, up by 1,337.

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In Linn County, 8,886 people have completed the vaccine series, representing 5.1 percent of the county’s adult population.

In Johnson County, 11,033 people have completed the series, or 9.11 percent of the county’s adult population.

Who Can Get Vaccine?

Front-line health care workers, residents and staff at long-term care facilities, and Iowans 65 and older are eligible to receive vaccines now.

Iowans under 65 may qualify for a vaccine if they meet criteria in the groups below. The tiers of Phase 1B are ranked in order of vaccination priority:

• Tier 1: First responders such as firefighters, police officers and child welfare social workers; school staff and early childhood education and child care workers.

• Tier 2: Food, agriculture, distribution and manufacturing workers who work or live in congregate settings that don’t allow for social distancing; people with disabilities living in home settings and their caregivers.

• Tier 3: Staff and residents in congregate living settings that include shelters, behavioral health treatment centers, sober living homes and detention centers (but not college dorms); government officials and staff working at the Iowa Capitol during the legislative session.

• Tier 4: Inspectors responsible for hospital, long-term care and child safety.

• Tier 5: Correctional facility staff and incarcerated people in state and local facilities.

People who don’t meet those criteria will have to wait. The state will announce when other ages and occupational categories qualify.

Comments: (319) 398-8238; kat.russell@thegazette.com

The Gazette’s John McGlothlen contributed to this report.

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