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.