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Posted on: August 20, 2021

Linn County COVID-19 Status Update

LINN COUNTY COVID-19 STATUS UPDATE

August 20, 2021


As of 8:00 AM August 20, 2021

Linn County Case Count Data

  • Active cases: 1,356
  • Currently hospitalized: 36
  • Total deaths: 361
  • Total recovered: 21,150
  • Total cases to date: 22,867

Case Trends

Note: The State of Iowa has transitioned from reporting positive individuals to positive tests. Linn County will continue to report positive individuals. Therefore, numbers from the state and Linn County dashboard will not match. 

Additional data on COVID-19 cases is available on Linn County’s case count dashboard.  

 

Linn County Metrics


 

As of August 20, 2021

Test Positivity Rate*

17.1%

7-Day Test Positivity Rate

14.2%

14-Day Test Positivity Rate

12.9%

*Percent of positive tests to date since beginning of pandemic

Additional Linn County metrics are available on Linn County’s metrics dashboard.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information 

Vaccine Distribution Highlights

 

Vaccination progress among select populations as of August 16, 2021

 

Percent fully vaccinated as of August 16, 2021

Percent change from two weeks ago

Age 65 and older (n=36,529 people)

84.9%

0.3%

Age 12 and older (n=192,403 people)

63.7%

1.0.%

Total population (n=226,706 people)

54.0%

0.7%

Vaccination status metrics are available on Linn County’s metrics dashboard. 

Vaccine FAQs

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions are updated frequently.

For questions about COVID-19 vaccine in Linn County:

 

Preventing Spread of COVID-19

  • Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Linn County, with an increase of 458% increase over a three week period ending August 14, 2021. COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to prevent becoming ill with COVID-19. 
  • Testing for COVID-19 is an important tool in preventing spread of the virus. Individuals have several options for getting tested
    • Free at-home COVID-19 testing kits are available for pick-up at Linn County Public Health – 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Test kits can also be ordered and sent directly to your residence. Visit Test Iowa for more information on at-home test kits. Completed kits can be shipped by UPS to the State Hygienic Lab, dropped off at Linn County Public Health for delivery to the State Hygienic Lab, or dropped off directly to the State Hygienic Lab at 2490 Crosspark Road in Coralville. 
    • Other testing options, including rapid COVID-19 testing, are available within the community from healthcare providers and pharmacies. Rapid COVID-19 tests are not available at Linn County Public Health. For more information on free at-home COVID-19 testing kits and additional testing options, please visit https://www.linncounty-ia.gov/1582/COVID-19-Testing
  • Linn County residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result can complete the COVID-19 Investigation Form online hereCompleting the online investigation form will improve efficiency of contact tracing efforts by Linn County Public Health.
  • In areas with substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent spread of Delta and to keep your family safe. Linn County is in a high transmission or "red" area as defined by the CDC
  • In addition to vaccination, Linn County Public Health continues to recommend the use of other mitigation approaches including staying home when you're sick, washing your hands, and wearing masks and social distancing as a layered approach to make virus spread less likely.

COVID-19 Community Resources

  • COVID Recovery Iowa continues to offer free virtual counseling and assistance for all Iowans affected by COVID-19. This resource provides Iowans with information for housing, utilities, food security, and other resources. Sessions with virtual counselors are available 24/7, by video, chat or phone. For more information, visit https://covidrecoveryiowa.org       

For more COVID-19 information specific to Linn County, visit LinnCounty.org/COVID19.

Know Your W's. Wear a cloth face covering, Wait 6 feet apart, wash your hands.


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