COVID-19 continues to decline in Iowa, data shows
COVID-19 continues to decline in Iowa, data shows

COVID-19 continues to decline in Iowa, data shows

An official holds a sign about masks at February 17, 2021, the state high school wrestling championships in Des Moines. Iowa on Wednesday reported a continued decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the past week. (Jim Slosiarek / The Gazette)

The number of new COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations continued to decline in Iowa in the past week as the state emerges from the recent rise in the pandemic.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 1,008 new coronavirus cases within the past seven days, according to new coronavirus data released Wednesday. This is a decrease from the 1,746 cases reported for the previous week and the 6,809 cases reported the week before.

The most recent COVID-19 rise in Iowa, driven by the highly transferable omicron variant, peaked on Jan. 19 with 38,574 new cases reported in a week.

COVID-19 cases also continued to fall in Linn and Johnson counties.

Linn County reported 125 new cases in the past week compared to 133 the previous week.

Johnson County added 78 new cases in the past week, down from the 94 reported in the previous week.

As of March 10, the transmission level for Linn and Johnson counties was in the “low” category, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Also in the low category in eastern Iowa: Benton, Black Hawk and Washington counties. Still in the “medium” transmission category are the counties of Allamakee, Buchanan, Cedar, Iowa, Jones and Winneshiek.

Under new federal guidelines, people living in areas rated as medium or low no longer need to wear masks indoors or in public spaces.

Admissions

A large decrease in the number of COVID-19 admissions was reported with 112 patients admitted in the past week, a decrease from 154 reported the week before.

That compares with the seven-day high of 991 admissions reported Jan. 19.

COVID-19 patients on intensive care were a total of 15 within the last seven days, a decrease from the 25 reported last week.

Deaths: Dead

The State Department of Public Health confirmed 87 new deaths due to COVID-19 in the past seven days compared to 91 deaths the previous week.

Since the coronavirus arrived in Iowa two years ago, the virus has claimed 9,349 lives.

Linn County reported six deaths in the past week. The county has the second highest death toll in the county with 573 killed.

Johnson County reported five deaths this week, bringing the total to 145.

Polk County remains the Iowa County with the most deaths – 1,076 – in the last two years.

Vaccinations

As of Wednesday, 1,904,393 Iowans and non-Iowa residents were fully vaccinated. In the past week, 3,224 people completed the vaccine series within the last seven days.

The total number is 61.4 percent of the state’s population and 65.4 percent of Iowans aged 5 and over, according to the CDC.

The number of fully vaccinated individuals with a COVID-19 booster has reached 1,004,944, with the addition of 4,463 boosted individuals in the past week.

In Linn County, 66.2 percent of the entire population and 70.6 percent of residents ages 5 and up are fully vaccinated from this week.

Johnson County reported that 72 percent of the entire county’s population and 76.4 percent of those 5 years and older are fully vaccinated.

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John McGlothlen of The Gazette contributed to this report.


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