County sees 11 new COVID cases Thursday

LEE COUNTY – According to the Lee County Health Department’s daily data release on the impact of COVID-19, 11 new cases were reported on Thursday.

Six of the new cases are in older adults age 41-60, while two of the new cases were in children under the age of 18, two in older adults age 61-80, and one adult age 18-40.

That brings the total of positive cases in the county to 133 with less than half now, 56, being listed as “recovered.”

The county has experienced four deaths.

State totals are showing a decreasing positivity rating with just 5.3% showing positive out of 313 confirmed new positives Wednesday. The state tested 5,676 individuals on Wednesday. The overall positive percentage remains at 9.4% with more than 50,000 Iowans having been diagnosed with the new novel coronavirus this year, while 484,476 have tested negative.

The state’s rolling 14-day hospitalization total went from 432 on Aug. 11 to 463 on Aug. 12. The number of new patients hospitalized jumped from 221 on Aug. 9 to 261 on Aug. 12.

The state still has more than 78% of it’s ventilators available and has close to 3,000 inpatient beds available.

Des Moines County continues to see a sharp increase in positive cases, reaching the 200 mark on Wednesday. The county’s 14-day rolling total is now at 48, an all-time high for the county.

Henry County now has 140 total confirmed cases, but set a new daily high of nine on Wednesday and has a rolling 14-day total of 25 which ties a peak of May 30.

The three counties combined have seen the two highest days since reporting began, with 21 on Aug. 6 and a 19 on Wednesday.

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