The latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health show 10 more Iowans have died from COVID-19 and 1,652 new cases have been reported.
The new numbers reflect testing reported on the IDPH’s COVID-19 website over the 24 hours between 10:00 a.m. Tuesday and 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. The newly reported positive cases and deaths may not have occurred during that time period, as the state has been adding backdated test results into the data.
The number of new positive COVID-19 tests reported for the time period brings the total number of positive tests to 278,600.
The data from the IDPH shows there have been 3,822 total deaths from the coronavirus in the state so far. Of those deaths, 1,138 were residents of long term care facilities. There are currently outbreaks at 111 long term care facilities in Iowa.
There are 612 hospitalized patients with the virus in the state. That’s down from 620 the previous day. Over the last 24 hours, 105 people have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 and that’s 38 more than the day before. Of the hospitalized patients, 127 are in intensive care and 66 of them are on ventilators.
Statewide, there are 2,960 inpatient hospital beds available and 371 ICU beds available. There are also 877 ventilators available across the state.
The positivity rate for the last 14 days stands at 12%.
These results stem from testing of 1,350,888 individuals thus far.
Of the people who have tested positive for COVID-19, the IDPH reports 236,656 are recovered.
Thirty-two of Iowa’s 99 counties currently have a 14-day rolling average positivity rate at or above 15%. This is the threshold that must be met before school districts can request to go to online-only learning. The top three counties are: Lucas 26.3%, Crawford 25.3%, Monroe 23%.
These cases represent the newest diagnosed cases and not all of the cases statewide. The IDPH provides a status report on its monitoring efforts and testing here, which includes all of the positive tests.
The IDPH is updating this data throughout the day in order to provide more current information for Iowans. It includes more data about patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19, such as age break downs as well as whether the primary diagnosis or reason the patient is hospitalized, is due to the virus or another medical issue. You can find that information here.
A public hotline has been established for questions about COVID-19 in Iowa. It is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. If you think you have or may have had the coronavirus and want to get tested, take the TestIowa assessment here.