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PUBLIC HEALTH

60 new virus cases in past week

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There were 60 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Carroll County in the past week as of Wednesday, according to state data, which marks at least a temporary plateau in the county’s infection rate.

There were 61 new cases the week before.

However, the county had 17 new cases on Tuesday, which is the largest single-day increase since early January.

Statewide, confirmed cases have continued an upward trend at a higher rate than a year ago, with an average of more than 1,300 per day. The test-positivity rate across the state stands at 9 percent. Carroll County’s rate was slightly higher.

The rate shows what percentage of overall tests result in a confirmed case, and health experts typically consider a virus’ spread in the community to be under control when the rate is less than 5 percent.

Higher rates can also indicate that cases are under-counted.

There have been 3,321 confirmed coronavirus cases in Carroll County since the start of the pandemic, and 53 people have died after being infected.

The number of current outbreaks at long-term care facilities was 20, as of Wednesday, but state health officials no longer identify them by name and location on the state’s coronavirus website.

The Iowa Department of Public Health wasn’t immediately able to provide the Times Herald with more detailed information. A partial list of current outbreaks the department provided did not show any in Carroll County.

About 79 percent of people who are being treated at a hospital for a coronavirus infection are not fully vaccinated, according to state data. About 88 percent of intensive-care unit patients are not fully vaccinated.

More than half of all Carroll County residents have been vaccinated against the virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here’s the breakdown:

— Of total population: 54.1 percent

— Of ages 12 and older: 64.5 percent

— Of ages 18 and older: 68.8 percent

— Of ages 65 and older: 94.7 percent

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