DES MOINES, Iowa — The latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health show 51 more Iowans have died from COVID-19 and 1,709 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. Wednesday and 10:00 a.m. Thursday. 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 309,277.
The data from the IDPH shows there have been 4,445 total deaths from the coronavirus in the state so far. Of those deaths, 1,829 were residents of long term care facilities. There are currently outbreaks at 71 long term care facilities in Iowa.
The IDPH website has not updated its hospitalization data from the previous day. An inquiry into the IDPH about why has not yet been returned.
The positivity rate for the last 14 days stands at 11.3%. That’s down from 11.6% the day before.
These results stem from testing of 1,435,648 individuals thus far.
Of the people who have tested positive for COVID-19, the IDPH reports 271,951 are recovered.
Twelve 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: Kossuth 25.4%, Ringgold 21.4%, Fremont 20.9%.
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 continually 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.