Iowa gains 34 COVID-19 cases, for total of 179

An illustration of a coronavirus, created for Centers for Disease Control. (Image by Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM)

Iowa confirmed 34 more COVID-19 cases Thursday for total of 179 positive cases so far, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported.

Thirty-one Iowans are currently hospitalized; 15 are discharged and recovering, and 81 have never been hospitalized.  One Iowan has died.

There have been 2,975 negative tests to date.

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 34 individuals include:

  • Appanoose County, 1 elderly adult (81+)
  • Black Hawk County, 1 middle-age adult (18-40 years)
  • Cedar County, 1 middle-age (18-40 years), 1 older (61-80 years), 1 elderly (81+)
  • Clayton County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Des Moines County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Jasper County, 1 elderly (81+)
  • Johnson County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 4 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 1 older (61-80 years)
  • Linn County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 3 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Mahaska County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Monona County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Page County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Polk County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 2 middle-aged (41-60 years), 1 older (61-80 years)
  • Pottawattamie County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Scott County, 1 elderly, 3 middle-aged (41-60 years)
  • Sioux County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Washington County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)

Johnson County has the highest number of positive tests, with 49. Most of those people were identified early and had been part of a cruise to Egypt. Polk County is second with 24 and Linn County has 12. No other county had a number of positive tests in double digits. The number of cases in Iowa are based on publicly reported testing, which is still limited.

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. Call 2-1-1 with questions.

Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold a press conference today at 2:30 p.m. The press conference will be livestreamed and posted in full on Governor Reynolds’ Facebook Page.

Perry Beeman
Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.