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Iowa’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate Continues to Increase; 19 More Deaths Reported

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health show the positivity rate for COVID-19 continues to increase in the state. Data from the IDPH also reveals 19 more Iowans have died from COVID-19 and there are 907 new cases of the virus being reported.

The new numbers reflect testing reported on the IDPH’s COVID-19 website over the 24 hours between 10:00 a.m. Thursday and 10:00 a.m. Friday. 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 348,609.

The data from the IDPH shows there have been 5,708 total deaths from the coronavirus in the state so far. Of those deaths, 2,230 were residents of long-term care facilities. There are two long-term care facilities in Iowa reporting outbreaks of COVID-19, one in Ottumwa and one in Urbandale.

There are 207 hospitalized patients with the virus in the state. Over the last 24 hours, 38 people have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. Of the hospitalized patients, 46 are in intensive care and 14 of them are on ventilators.

Statewide, there are 2,860 inpatient hospital beds available and 377 ICU beds available. There are also 942 ventilators available across the state.

These results stem from 4,389,556 total completed tests.

The positivity rate for the last 14 days stands at 4.3%. We started the week with a rate of 4%. The state’s seven-day-average positive rate increased to 4.8% from 4.7% the previous day.

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.

vaccine dashboard is now available on the IDPH’s website to keep track of the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations across the state. The IDPH says 524,948 people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while 339,825 people have gotten the first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

The state has also launched to help Iowans find a vaccine provider.

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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