CORONAVIRUS

Iowa coronavirus cases pass 41,000, with 820 deaths

Medical workers take a temperature from a resident during testing for the coronavirus at the Test Iowa site at the Kirkw
Medical workers take a temperature from a resident during testing for the coronavirus at the Test Iowa site at the Kirkwood Continuing Education Training Center in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday, May 7, 2020. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

The number of coronavirus cases in Iowa hit 41,000 Friday.

The total came after 491 new positive cases were reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The positive cases were identified through 4,531 tests, for a positive rate of 10.84 percent.

Linn County reported 41 new cases — the 12th consecutive day of double-digit increases — for a total of 1,727 cases since mid-March

The county’s seven-day rolling average is 31 new cases.

Johnson County reported 24 more cases for a total of 1,705 cases. The county’s seven-day rolling average stands at 15 cases and continues to trend downward — its last lowest was on June 19, with 12 new cases reported.

The seven-day rolling average is the average number of daily cases in the state or county, updated daily by The Gazette.

Statewide, the number of hospitalizations dropped by two, from 232 to 230. One fewer patient was in intensive care — from 73 to 72 — and fewer patients were on ventilators — down to 27 from 32 on Thursday.

Order extended

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday extended for another month her order that, among other things, requires bars and restaurants to keep patrons at least 6 feet apart to limit spreading coronavirus. The order also extends existing rules for fitness centers, casinos, senior citizen centers and other businesses.

In the United States, cases were at 4,070,480 as of 11:30 a.m. Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Several states — including New York and New Jersey — are advising travelers from states with a positivity rate above 10 percent to quarantine. The percent of positive cases has fluctuated since the beginning of July between 6 percent and 15 percent on most days.

Iowa Deaths

Five additional deaths were reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health, for a total of 820.

Sioux County reported its first death from the virus. Seventy of Iowa’s 99 counties have recorded at least one COVID-19 death.

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Iowa reported an outbreak — 14 cases — at the Iowa Masonic Health Facilities, the first outbreak at a long-term care facility in Scott County.

Twenty-one long-term care facilities have reported outbreaks. Of the state’s 820 deaths, 54 percent — or 441 — have been connected to long-term care facilities.

new cases

The counties reporting double-digit increases in new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours are.

• Polk: 85

• Linn: 41

• Dubuque: 34

• Marshall: 33

• Scott: 33

• Johnson: 24

• Black Hawk: 19

• Dallas: 17

• Pottawattamie: 16

• Woodbury: 11

• Story: 10

Comments: (319) 398-8370; sarah.watson@thegazette.com

Katie Brumbeloe of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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