Seven more Iowans, including four nursing home residents, die of COVID-19

COVID-19 cells (Photo via Ohio.gov)

Another 339 Iowans were confirmed as infected with COVID-19 on Monday, and seven more Iowans died.

The seven-day average of daily new infections has dropped to 479, a decrease of 13 percent from two weeks ago, according to according to the New York Times COVID-19 tracker.

While the number of outbreaks in Iowa nursing homes remained at 21 on Tuesday, the same level as reported Monday, the number of infections in those facilities grew from 645 to 671.

Between Monday and Tuesday, four Iowa nursing home residents died of the virus caused by COVID-19, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. That brings Iowa’s total number of nursing home residents who have died from COVID-19 to 456.

The number of confirmed infections in Iowa nursing homes has risen 47% in the past week.

The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 continued to climb this week. As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 253 infected Iowans hospitalized, up from 241 on Monday. The number of infected Iowans admitted to a hospital during the previous 24 hours remained at 30, the same level reported on Monday.

 

Clark Kauffman
Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.