DES MOINES, Iowa — The latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health show 43 more Iowans have died from COVID-19 and 624 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 330,436. Test results for 3,431 individuals were reported by the IDPH for the 24 hour period.
The data from the IDPH shows there have been 5,306 total deaths from the coronavirus in the state so far. Of those deaths, 2,137 were residents of long-term care facilities. There are currently outbreaks at 29 long-term care facilities in Iowa.
There are 235 hospitalized patients with the virus in the state. That’s a decrease of 20 from the previous day. Over the last 24 hours, 44 people have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. Of the hospitalized patients, 52 are in intensive care and 20 of them are on ventilators.
Statewide, there are 3,040 inpatient hospital beds available and 389 ICU beds available. There are also 958 ventilators available across the state.
The positivity rate for the last 14 days stands at 7.3%. That is a two-tenths of a percent decrease from the day before.
These results stem from testing of 1,528,671 individuals thus far.
Of the people who have tested positive for COVID-19, the IDPH reports 305,273 are recovered.
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.
A vaccine dashboard is now available on the IDPH’s website to keep track of the progress of COVID-19 vaccination in the state. As of Feb. 16th, 125,558 people have received both doses of the vaccine while 245,865 people have gotten the first dose.
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.