COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to decline in Iowa
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to decline in Iowa

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to decline in Iowa

Heather Meador, a registered nurse at Linn County Public Health, is handing out free COVID-19 test kits at home on Jan. 11 to a woman in the lobby of the health department, 1020 Sixth St. SE and Cedar Rapids. The number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continues to fall in Iowa, according to the Wednesday report from the Iowa Department of Public Health. (Jim Slosiarek / The Gazette)

The recent rise in coronavirus in Iowa continues to slow, according to state and federal public health data.

The state reported 4,417 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday in the past week, the lowest number seven days since the roughly 3,500 reported Aug. 4.

Last week, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported 7,863 new infections and 12,833 cases the week before.

New infections of the new coronavirus, driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant, have been declining steadily over the past many weeks after peaking on Jan. 19, with Iowa reporting 38,574 new cases for the week.

Even as the number of cases declines, all 99 counties in Iowa continue to have the maximum level of community transmission of the virus, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Linn County reported 331 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, down from the 640 cases reported last week.

Johnson County reported 241 new cases compared to 449 the previous week.

Vaccinations

In Iowa, another 5,089 people fired their COVID-19 shots in the past week. That brings the total number of fully vaccinated individuals to 1,892,672.

As of this week, 61 percent of all Iowans and 65 percent of Iowans aged 5 and older are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

A further 8,039 fully vaccinated individuals received a COVID-19 booster shot in the past week, bringing the number of boosted individuals to 987,974.

In Linn County, 65.9 percent of the entire county’s population is fully vaccinated, and 70.2 percent of residents 5 years and older.

In Johnson County, 71.7 percent of the county’s population is fully vaccinated, and 76.1 percent of those 5 years and older.

Deaths: Dead

The state reported 137 new deaths as a result of COVID-19, an increase from the 119 reported last week.

Virus-related deaths in Iowa since March 2020 have now peaked at 9,000, with 9,085 reported deaths.

Linn County reported seven deaths in the past week, bringing the county-wide death toll to 555.

Johnson County reported one death, bringing the county’s death toll to 138.

Admissions

The number of patients admitted with COVID-19 dropped from 446 last week to 345 this week – the lowest since 201 admissions were reported on 4 August.

The number of patients on intensive care was a total of 38 in the past week, a large decrease from the 74 reported last week.

As of February 10 – the latest data from the US Health and Human Services – shows that 197 of the 218 ICU beds are occupied, which puts bed availability below 10 percent.

Twenty-three of the 46 intensive care beds were admitted to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, which puts bed availability at 50 percent.

Mercy Medical Center reported that 12 out of 18 intensive care beds were occupied, which put bed availability at 33.3 percent.

Mercy Hospital in Iowa City reported that 6 of its 12 hospitalized ICU beds were occupied, setting the bed availability at 50 percent.

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John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.


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