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Iowa Reports 3 More COVID-19 Deaths and 1,659 New Cases


DES MOINES, Iowa — The latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health show three more Iowans have died from COVID-19 and 1,659 new cases have been reported.

The new numbers reflect testing reported on the IDPH’s COVID-19 website over the 24 hours between 10 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. 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 295,111.

The data from the IDPH shows there have been 4,127 total deaths from the coronavirus in the state so far. Of those deaths, 1,679 were residents of long-term care facilities. There are currently outbreaks at 90 long-term care facilities in Iowa.

There are 549 hospitalized patients with the virus in the state. That’s a decrease of 30 from the previous day. Over the last 24 hours, 75 people have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. Of the hospitalized patients, 110 are in intensive care and 47 of them are on ventilators.

Statewide, there are 2,810 inpatient hospital beds available and 372 ICU beds available. There are also 911 ventilators available across the state.

The positivity rate for the last 14 days stands at 14.8%. That’s an increase from 14.7% the day before.

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 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 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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