COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Linn County

Updated: Aug 18, 2021

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise quickly, according to health department records. (Stock photo)

PLEASANTON – For the second week in a row the Linn County Health Department posted COVID-19 statistics showing that the department had positive tests on 50 new cases.

On Wednesday, Aug. 11, total positive tests in the county since the pandemic began reached 1,043 cases, up from 993 on Aug. 4, the week before.

Hardest hit was Mound City where 25 new cases were reported. Pleasanton had 14 new cases. La Cygne had a drop in the number of active cases over the week with seven people recovering.

But active cases were found in every community in the county with the total number of active cases at 71, up from 65 a week ago.

As of today, Aug. 11, Mound City had 30 active cases; Pleasanton, 18; La Cygne, 6; Parker, 5; Linn Valley, 4; Centerville and Prescott, 3 each; and Blue Mound, 2.

Eight of those infected were in the hospital with one in an intensive-care unit on a ventilator. No new deaths were reported during the period.

The department reported two new clusters this week in addition to the camp and social event reported last week. The new clusters included a business and a library.

Most of the active cases were in the 25- to 44-year-old range with 26 cases, 16 were in the 18- to 34-year-old group, and ten were children up to 17 years old. Ten of the active cases were in the 55- to 64-year-old group, and ten were in the 65-and-older range.

Women accounted for most of the active cases with 40, compared to men at 31.

The portion of total COVID-19 cases in the county requiring hospitalization is at 6.7 percent with 1.34 percent of those cases resulting in death.

About 35 percent of Linn County residents 12 and older have received a complete vaccination series against the COVID virus. That is up from last month.

Health department officials have said that the number of positive COVID-19 cases on record with their department is likely much below the actual number. Many people who are asymptomatic or exhibiting relatively mild symptoms do not report it.

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