IDPH: Positivity Rate Holding Steady, 1 More COVID-19 Death Reported

Coronavirus Impacting Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health show one more Iowan has died from COVID-19 and there are 138 new cases of the virus in the state.

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 individuals who have tested positive to 366,131.

The data from the IDPH shows there have been 5,960 total deaths from the coronavirus in the state so far. Of those deaths, 2,321 were residents of long-term care facilities. There is one long-term care facility in Iowa reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 — Urbandale Health Care Center in Polk County.

vaccine dashboard on the IDPH’s website shows 1,112,217 people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while 269,591 people have gotten the first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

There are 192 hospitalized patients with the virus in the state. Over the last 24 hours, 36 people have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. Of the hospitalized patients, 47 are in intensive care and 20 of them are on ventilators.

These results stem from 4,840,760 total completed tests.

The positivity rate for the last 14 days is 4%. The state’s seven-day-average positive rate is 4.2%. Those numbers haven’t changed in the last two days.

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 state is providing resources at to help Iowans find a vaccine provider. All Iowans age 16 and up became eligible to receive a vaccine on April 5th.

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.

The state is also releasing data about 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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