727 more cases, 14 more deaths from COVID-19 in Iowa as hospitalizations hit new high statewide
Officials report a total of 1,548 people with COVID-19 have died from the disease across the state, including 30 in Johnson County. A death reported by the county last week was the third in the two weeks. The first death here was reported on April 4.
Officials reported 103 influenza-related deaths across the entire state in the 2019-20 flu season, and the novel coronavirus is on track to be the third-leading cause of death in Iowa in 2020, behind just heart disease and cancer, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
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A total of 905,751 Iowans have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus, which causes the disease, including 44,549 in Johnson County. A total of 108,297 have tested positive in Iowa. The state has reported a total of 5,647 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Johnson County, an increase of 23 since 10 a.m. Monday.
Monday afternoon, University of Iowa officials said another 11 cases of COVID-19 had been self-reported by students since Monday, totaling 2,086 cases since Aug. 18. Officials reported five new cases among the university's faculty and staff, for a total of 75 so far this semester.
The university also reported no students living in its residence halls are currently being asked to quarantine, but three are self-isolating.
As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, the state reported a new high of 99 people hospitalized with the virus in the state's fifth RMCC, which includes Clinton, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren, Wapello and Washington counties; 30 were being cared for in the region's intensive care units. The region last peaked at 96 hospitalized patients on Saturday and 39 in ICUs on April 22.
After hitting new records for hospitalized patients statewide Tuesday (463), Wednesday (473) and Thursday (482) last week, 501 were hospitalized Tuesday morning; 122 were in ICUs across the state. According to the state, hospitals have more than 3,000 beds and 398 ICU beds available for coronavirus patients, including 411 general hospital beds and 74 ICU beds in the state's southeast region.
Officials at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics said Tuesday about 41% of the facilities COVID-19 hospitalizations year-to-date have been transfers from other facilities.
"Although today’s numbers are at the higher end of what we’ve seen, we’ve not experienced the 'surge' hospitals have seen or are seeing in other parts of the country," a spokesperson continued. "If patients come to us requiring hospitalization for COVID-19, we will treat them.
"We have not had to transfer hospitalized patients to other facilities, nor have we delayed immediate, necessary care for our patients."
As of Tuesday, the facility continues to offer elective procedures.
Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered bars, breweries and nightclubs closed in Johnson and five other counties on Aug. 27, and Johnson County's 14-day positivity rate peaked at nearly 25% in the first week of September. The county's 14-day rate fell to just 4.8% the first week of October and, after Reynolds allowed bars to reopen Oct. 5, the county's 14-day rate has remained around 5% and was 5.4% Tuesday morning.
Three people incarcerated at Iowa Medical and Classification Center and one staff members were positive for the disease at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Another 321 inmates and 41 employees have tested positive and since recovered.
A spike in cases at the Coralville facility was first reported on Aug. 18. One of the inmates at the facility, Richard Leroy Peters, 77, died Sept. 6. Peters was the fourth person under Iowa Department of Corrections supervision to die from complications related to COVID-19, but just the first at the Coralville facility.
The state first reported an outbreak at the Colonial Manor of Amana last week, where 58 cases have been confirmed and just three had recovered. Officials were reporting outbreaks at 65 of Iowa's 440 long-term care facilities Sunday morning.
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Coronavirus in Iowa, by the numbers
Numbers reported by the state for Johnson County and all of Iowa, respectively, as of 10 a.m. Tuesday. Numbers in parentheses represent change over the previous 24 hours.
- Total tested: 44,549 (+171); 905,751 (+4,005)
- Total confirmed: 5,647 (+23); 108,297 (+727)
- Johnson County's 14-day average positivity rate: 5.4%
- Total recoveries: 4,985 (+17); 83,463 (+1,407)
- Total deaths: 30 (-); 1,548 (+14)
- Hospitalized in RMCC Region 5: 99 (+5)
- Receiving ICU care in RMCC Region 5: 30 (-1)
RMCC Region 5 includes Clinton, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren, Wapello and Washington counties.
Source: Iowa Department of Public Health
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