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Iowa COVID-19 Hospitalizations Continue to Break Records; 11 More Deaths and 1,180 New Cases Reported

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public health show hospitalizations from COVID-19 continue to rise, reaching another daily record. Eleven more Iowans have also died from COVID-19 and 1,180 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 101,812. Over the last 24 hours, 5,419 test results have been reported to the IDPH.

Of the people who have tested positive for COVID-19, the IDPH reports 79,049 are recovered. That means 992 people were reported as recovered in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate for testing was 11.7% for the last 24 hours. For the last 14 days it stands at 9.6%.

These results stem from testing of 873,190 individuals thus far.

The data from the IDPH shows there have been 1,492 total deaths from the coronavirus in the state so far. Of those deaths, 753 were residents of long term care facilities. There are currently outbreaks at 61 long term care facilities in Iowa.

There are 473 hospitalized patients with the virus in the state, a daily record high. That’s an increase of 10 from the previous day. Of those patients, 106 are in intensive care with 46 of them on ventilators.

Statewide, there are 2,860 inpatient hospital beds available and 390 ICU beds available. There are also 783 ventilators available across the state.

Eighteen 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 Sioux, Harrison, Carroll, Taylor, Lyon, Fremont, Delaware, Plymouth, Emmet, Monroe, Crawford, Page, Decatur, Guthrie, Osceola, Montgomery, O’brien, and Woodbury counties. Sioux County has 25.1% and Harrison County has 22.4%.

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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