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Iowa reports 91 more COVID deaths, 10.5% positivity rate in weekly update

While the state's dashboard was decommissioned with the expiration of Gov. Reynolds' disaster proclamation, IDPH continues to report cases and deaths weekly.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds' final COVID-19 disaster proclamation expired Tuesday, Feb. 15, which decommissioned the state's COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.iowa.gov. However, the Iowa Department of Public Health will continue to update case numbers on its website each Wednesday.

According to the health department, this reporting "more closely aligns COVID-19 with existing reporting standards for other respiratory viruses, like flu."

Here's how IDPH is changing its reporting, effective Feb. 16:

  • Testing sites will no longer be required to report negative COVID-19 test results, meaning the positivity rate will no longer be reported. IDPH said this data point is not as meaningful as it once was due to the increase in testing volume and availability of at-home tests.
  • Long-term care facilities* will no longer be required to notify IDPH when they have three or more infections in residents, so the department will no longer report the number of outbreaks in these facilities. IDPH said it will use data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to identify facilities with positive cases and assist in infection control. 
  • While the state is no longer requiring hospitals to report COVID-related data, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services continues to require hospital data reporting, which is available here.

*To view a list of Iowa's long-term care facility outbreaks through Jan. 25, click here.

June 29, 2022 update

Overview/Cases

  • 902,447 statewide positive tests since the start of the pandemic (+5,255 from June 22)
  • 796,196 statewide positive cases (+3,988 from June 22)
  • 4,787 positive tests in the last seven days
  • 9,688 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic (+8 from June 22, though it is not specified when the deaths occurred)

Counties with the most positive cases (Total positive tests in parentheses):

  • Polk — 131,765 (154,671)
  • Linn — 55,661 (62,615)
  • Scott — 43,229 (48,398)
  • Johnson — 38,350 (43,924)
  • Black Hawk — 34,289 (39,289)

Counties with the least positive cases (Total positive tests in parentheses):

  • Adams — 833 (909)
  • Audubon — 1,141 (1,267)
  • Ringgold — 1,153 (1,229)
  • Wayne — 1,312 (1,467)
  • Taylor — 1,338 (1,460)

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Hospitalizations

Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations total 162 as of June 29, according to U.S. Health and Human Services data. That's a one-week decrease of 22.

65.61% of hospital inpatient beds are in use, and 2.43% of those beds are being used for COVID-19 patients.

Vaccinations

Based on IDPH data, which is finalized the first Tuesday of every month at 11:59 p.m.:

  • 58.9% of all Iowans are fully vaccinated
    • 1,933,003 individuals are fully vaccinated
  • 62.8% of all eligible Iowans ages 5 and up are fully vaccinated
  • 68.7% of Iowa adults ages 18 and up are fully vaccinated
  • 87.7% of Iowans 65 years old and up are fully vaccinated
  • 1,052,546 individuals have received a booster dose

The state officially administered more than 1 million doses on March 12, 2021. The state officially administered more than 1 million doses to Iowans on March 14, 2021.

Two doses must be administered for an individual to be counted as fully vaccinated for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Johnson & Johnson is a single-dose vaccine, so individuals are considered fully vaccinated after one shot.

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State-run facilities

As of Feb. 4, 972 staff members at Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) facilities and 470 patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Of those cases, 950 staff and 440 patients are considered to be recovered.

A total of three residents within these facilities have died from the virus. They were reported on the following dates

  • Dec. 7, 2020
  • Jan. 7, 2021
  • Aug. 6, 2021

The document below details outbreaks at each facility and how DHS has responded to the pandemic in real-time. It also includes individuals that are considered to be recovered. 

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