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IDPH: 17 More COVID-19 Deaths, 1,057 New Cases Reported

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DES MOINES, Iowa — More than 800,000 Iowans have been tested for COVID-19 to date with 1,057 new individuals testing positive and 17 additional deaths being recorded in the state.

The new numbers reflect testing reported on the Iowa Department of Public Health’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 89,612. Over the last 24 hours, 6,634 test results have been reported to the IDPH.

Of the people who have tested positive for COVID-19, the IDPH reports 69,550 are recovered. That means 1,185 people were reported as recovered in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate for testing was 11.1% for the last 24 hours. For the last 14 days it stands at 8.7%.

These results stem from testing of 803,772 individuals thus far.

The data from the IDPH shows there have been 1,358 total deaths from the coronavirus in the state so far. Of those deaths, 701 were residents of long term care facilities. There are currently outbreaks at 52 long term care facilities in Iowa.

There are 407 hospitalized patients with the virus in the state. That’s an increase of 17 from the previous day. Of those patients, 104 are in intensive care with 33 of them on ventilators.

Statewide, there are 2,730 inpatient hospital beds available and 446 ICU beds available. There are also 789 ventilators available across the state.

Thirteen Iowa 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. They are Lyon, Sioux, Osceola, Delaware, O’brien, Page, Fremont, Plymouth, Crawford, Palo Alto, Dubuque, Taylor, and Harrison counties. Lyon County has 31.1% and Sioux County has 27.1%.

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.

The state is also releasing data about the outcomes of recovered patients and those who have died from the virus — like how many suffered from pre-existing medical conditions.

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.

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