According to, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Iowa reported an additional 4,249 COVID-19-related deaths and 14 other COVID-19-related deaths since the state’s tally on at 10 a.m. on Friday, according to

Officials reported a total of 1,829 people infected with COVID-19 died from the disease statewide, including 33 in Johnson County. A death reported Wednesday here is a third reported in a week; was first reported on April 4.

Officials reported there were only 1

03 flu-related deaths statewide during the 2019-20 flu season and the new coronavirus is on track to become the third leading cause of death in Iowa by 2020, only after heart disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data.

A total of 1,021,858 Iowan people were tested for the new virus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of the disease, including 49,436 people in Johnson County. A total of 148,391 people tested positive in Iowa. The state has reported a total of 6,800 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Johnson County, an increase of 132 since 10 a.m. on Friday.

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How many people are in the hospital?

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, the state reported a record 192 infected people being hospitalized at its fifth RMCC, including Clinton, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren, Wapello and Washington counties, and the record 56 people being cared for in the region’s intensive care units. The region peaked last with 173 patients admitted, including 52 at the ICU, on Friday.

Officials also reported 901 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized across the state on Saturday morning, including a record 194 in ICUs; The previous record of patients admitted to hospital was 839, reported on Thursday and Friday. According to the state, the hospital has more than 2,600 beds and 360 coronavirus ICU beds, including 337 general hospital beds and 55 ICU beds in the southeastern part of the state.

Governor Kim Reynolds ordered bars, breweries and nightclubs to close in Johnson and five other counties on August 27, and Johnson County’s 14-day positive rate peaked at almost 25% in its first week. of September. The county’s 14-day rate fell to just 4.8% in the first week of October and, after Reynolds allowed bars to reopen on 5 October, the county’s 14-day rate rose. slowly higher and was 13.0% on Saturday morning – the fourth consecutive day the county’s 14-day positive rate had averaged 10% higher.

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COVIDs in Johnson County schools

On Friday afternoon, University of Iowa officials said another 50 cases of COVID-19 had been reported by students themselves as of Wednesday, a total of 2,273 as of Aug. 18. Officials reported 10 new cases in faculty and staff of the school, a total of 137 cases. so far this term.

The university also reported that one student living in dormitories is currently being asked for quarantine, and eight people are quarantining themselves.

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According to the Iowa City Community School District’s “decision matrix”, which the district’s school board approved in early September, the district plans to ask the state to waive online-only classes. when the county’s 14-day average positive rate hits 10%. for the three to five-day period, the district’s student or faculty absence ratio reaches 10% for two consecutive days, or both.

“The process is looking at the numbers over a 3-5 day period to see if it consistently stays above or below any conversion point. So nothing will happen immediately. one day above 10%, “School of Board of Directors Shawn Eyestone told Press-Citizen on Wednesday, the first day the county reported an average 14-day positive rate above 10% since mid-September. . “However, in reality, that number will continue to increase over the next few days.”

Eyestone said the district’s administrative team could apply for an exemption from the state to transfer classes online without board approval because the board approved the indicators and processes at the first meeting. September, but he added, if the waiver is denied. According to the state, the board may need to act on its next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday night.

The administration of Governor Kim Reynolds often argues that schools should directly host half of their classes unless the district’s COVID-19 positive rate reaches 15% for a two-week period and a 10% dropout rate. .

Seventy-nine of Iowa’s 99 counties reported a 14-day average positive rate equal to or higher than 15% on Saturday morning. Only two counties have reported a 14-day average positive rate of less than 10%.

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COVID cases in Iowa prisons

Four were detained at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center and four staff were positive for the disease at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Another 327 prisoners and 45 staff members tested positive and recovered.

The first reported Coralville facility cases was on August 18. One of the inmates at the facility, Richard Leroy Peters, 77, died on September 6. Peters was the fourth. under the supervision of the Iowa Correctional Department, he died of complications. in relation to COVID-19, but only the first product at the Coralville facility.

COVID cases in Iowa long-term care facilities

The state continued to report an outbreak at Colonial Manor of Amana, where 62 cases have been confirmed and 41 have been cured. Officials reported outbreaks in 92 of Iowa’s 440 long-term care facilities (20.9%) on Saturday morning. Among Iowan people who died of COVID-19, 886 (48.4%) were residents of long-term care facilities.

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Coronavirus in Iowa, by numbers

Figures are reported by state for Johnson County and all of Iowa as of 10 a.m. on Saturday. Numbers in parentheses represent changes in the past 24 hours.

  • Total checked: 49,436 (+293); 1,021,858 (+8,649)
  • Total confirmed: 6,800 (+132); 148,391 (+4,249)
  • Johnson County 14-day average positive rate: 13.0%
  • Total number of recoveries: 5,417 (+21); 100,346 (+1,151)
  • Total number of deaths: 33 (-); 1,829 (+14)
  • Hospitalized at RMCC Region 5: 192 (+19)
  • Getting ICU care at RMCC Area 5: 56 (+4)

The District 5 RMCC 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

Zach Thompson is an editor at Press-Citizen and can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @zthomp.

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