COVID-19 cases fall in Iowa

Mike Stucka

Iowa reported 2,899 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, down 9.8% in the previous week . Then, 3,214 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 were reported.

Iowa ranked 31st among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 379,753 reported cases of coronavirus, an increase of 1.1% from the week before. Across the country, 30 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Across Iowa, cases fell in 50 counties, with the best declines in Polk, Black Hawk and Dallas counties.

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Iowa ranked 17th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 26.4% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 24.5%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.

In the week ending Sunday, Iowa reported administering another 187,839 vaccine doses, compared to 208,086 the week before that. In all, Iowa reported it has administered 1,302,395 doses.

Within Iowa, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Dickinson, Clay and O'Brien counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Polk County, with 639 cases; Woodbury County, with 201 cases; and Scott County, with 178. Weekly case counts rose in 40 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Johnson, Pottawattamie and Sioux counties.

In Iowa, 34 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 83 people were reported dead.

A total of 345,785 people in Iowa have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 5,675 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 29,818,528 people have tested positive and 542,356 people have died.

Registered nurse Candy Russell gives a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to Ray Tuten during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, on March 16.