Iowa Sees Record-High with 70 More COVID-19 Deaths Reported; Long Term Care Facility Outbreaks Rise Again

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health show a record-high number of deaths reported for a 24 hour period. Seventy more Iowans have died from COVID-19 and 2,926 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 236,792.

The data from the IDPH shows there have been 2,519 total deaths from the coronavirus in the state so far. Of those deaths, 1,097 were residents of long term care facilities. There are currently outbreaks at 169 long term care facilities in Iowa.

There are 1,124 hospitalized patients with the virus in the state. That’s down by 38 from the previous day. Over the last 24 hours, 136 people have been hospitalized due to COVID-19, which is down 45 from the day before. Of the hospitalized patients, 224 are in intensive care. One-hundred and thirty-one of those patients are on ventilators.

Statewide, there are 2,900 inpatient hospital beds available and 340 ICU beds available. There are also 831 ventilators available across the state.

The state is now providing more data about patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19. It includes 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 positivity rate for the last 14 days stands at 16.8%.

These results stem from testing of 1,229,582 individuals thus far.

Of the people who have tested positive for COVID-19, the IDPH reports 147,152 are recovered.

Eighty 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: Ida 28.3%, Kossuth 28%, Cherokee 27.9%.

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 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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