Three more north-central Iowans dead from COVID, case counts and hospitalizations continue to rise in the ergion

MASON CITY — North-central Iowa saw another week of rising numbers of new COVID-19 cases and more unvaccinated people landing in the hospital.

According to the new statistics released on Wednesday afternoon by the Iowa Department of Public Health, 664 new cases of COVID were identified in the last week in our listening area of Cerro Gordo and the eight surrounding counties. That compares to 531 new cases reported in the previous week.

Three more deaths were reported in our listening area, one each in Cerro Gordo, Butler and Hancock counties, to bring the area’s total since the start of the pandemic to 368.

The seven-day and 14-day positivity rates continue to climb in the listening area as well. The seven-day rate is at 10.6%, compared to 9.2% last week, while the 14-day rate is at 9.9%, compared to 8.2% last week.

47 people are currently hospitalized in the north-central medical region, compared to 42 last Wednesday. 13 are in an intensive care unit. Of those 47 patients, 38 were not vaccinated, with all 15 of the patients under the age of 60 falling into that category. 10 of the 13 patients in their 60s were not vaccinated, seven of the 11 patients in their 70s were not vaccinated, and six of the eight in their 80s had not received the vaccine.

 

Deaths Total Underlying Cause Contributing Factor New
Cerro Gordo 105 88 17 1
Butler 37 31 6 1
Floyd 42 32 10
Franklin 24 21 3
Hancock 37 29 8 1
Mitchell 43 40 3
Winnebago 31 26 5
Worth 8 7 1
Wright 41 34 7
Area Total 368 308 60 3
Last week total 365 307 58 3

 

 

Confirmed Cases Total New
Cerro Gordo 7058 159
Butler 2070 45
Floyd 2246 93
Franklin 1689 39
Hancock 1878 59
Mitchell 1664 85
Winnebago 1903 69
Worth 1067 49
Wright 2369 66
Area Total 21944 664
Last week total 21280 531

 

 

Positivity rate 7-day % 14-day % Prev 7-day % Prev 14-day %
Cerro Gordo 9 8.9 9.4 8.5
Butler 7.3 6.5 5 4.8
Floyd 12.1 11.6 10.6 9.8
Franklin 8.7 6.5 6.9 6.3
Hancock 12.1 11.2 9.7 6.5
Mitchell 13.1 11.9 9 6.6
Winnebago 10.5 11.2 11.4 10.5
Worth 15.9 13.9 11.3 11.6
Wright 12.5 11.8 9.9 11.4
Area Total 10.6 9.9 9.2 8.2

 

 

Hospitalized Wednesday Last Wednesday
Total 47 42
ICU 13 12
Vaccinated 9
Non-Vaccinated 38

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