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

The Iowa Department of Public Health updates some core metrics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But individuals positive can only be calculated on Wednesday.

IOWA, USA — EDITOR'S NOTE: The above video reflects data compiled on Jan. 19, 2022, by the Iowa Department of Public Health. 

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COVID-19 data is now updated to the state's dashboard each Wednesday around midday, instead of daily. This story will reflect each Wednesday's update.

State overview

Jan. 19, 2022 Update (Certain metrics will be updated Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)

  • 728,791 statewide positive tests (+10,090 from Jan. 17)
  • 24.8% 14-day positivity rate (+0.5% from Jan. 17) 
  • 991 COVID hospitalizations (+38 from Jan. 17)
    • 166 COVID patients in ICU (+2 from Jan. 17)  
  • 8,317 deaths (+116 from Jan. 12/14/17)
    • IDPH notes the 161 reported deaths occurred between Nov. 26, 2021 and Jan. 13, 2022
  • 63 long-term care facility outbreaks (+7 from Jan. 17)***

***To view a list of long-term care facility outbreaks through Jan. 12, click here

Credit: Iowa Department of Public Health
A snapshot of the Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 Dashboard on Jan. 19, 2022.

Here is what will be updated on Wednesdays: 

Weekly Totals (Jan. 13-18)

Hospitalizations of people being treated for coronavirus infections in Iowa surpassed 1,000 this week as COVID-19 cases grow at the fastest rate since the beginning of the pandemic nearly two years ago. 

State data updated Wednesday shows Iowa surpassed 1,000 hospitalizations on Monday and then dipped lower to 991 with 182 patients in intensive care. The state reported 19 children age 11 or younger in hospitals and 13 aged 12 to 17. Most were unvaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Iowa’s seven-day moving average of daily cases was 5,440 on Monday. 

That is the highest rate ever, surpassing the previous high of 4,622 in November 2020. 

The state Wednesday reported 8,317 deaths, which is 116 more than reported on Monday. 

The Associated Press

  • 184,952 tests processed
  • 29,110 positive individuals confirmed
    • 15.74% positivity rate (this is based on the number of individuals positive, not total positive tests)
  • 116 deaths (IDPH says these occurred between No. 26, 2021 and Jan. 13, 2022 )

As of Wednesday, Jan. 19, 728,791 tests have come back positive for COVID-19 since March 7, 2020. 

A total of 664,910 Iowans have tested positive. This number was found by adding PCR individuals positive (516,241) to antigen individuals positive (148,669) on the "Positive Case Analysis" dashboard.

These numbers differ since many Iowans have been tested more than once. 

The 7-day positivity rate for total tests sits at 26.2% (+2.4% from last week) and the 14-day positivity rate is 24.8% (+3.6% from last week).

More than eight million tests have been administered in the state, including PCR and antigen tests. 

8,317 Iowans have died—a weekly increase of 116. The deaths occurred between Nov. 26, 2021 and Jan. 13, 2022, according to the IDPH site.

NOTE: As of June 30, 2020, IDPH classifies anyone not hospitalized or deceased after 28 days to be "recovered."

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Vaccine updates

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

The state updated the vaccine dashboard on March 10 to include Johnson & Johnson doses into Iowa's vaccine totals.

As of Jan. 19, 4,653,943 total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state. A total of 4,478,194 have been administered to Iowans. 

A total of 177,349 individuals have started their two-dose vaccine series while 1,701,7925 have completed their full two-dose series. The state's website says 156,512 people are fully vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

The state of Iowa has fully vaccinated 1,858,307 individuals. IDPH reports 60.4% of all eligible Iowans (ages 5+) are fully vaccinated and 64.9% of eligible Iowans 12+ are fully vaccinated.

Two doses must be administered for an individual to be counted as fully vaccinated for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. However, full immunity is not achieved until two weeks after the second dose.

Johnson & Johnson is a single-dose vaccine, so individuals have full immunity two weeks after that dose. 

916,492 individuals have received a booster dose.

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There are 991 patients hospitalized, a weekly increase of 68. 

On Jan. 17, there were 1,010 total COVID hospitalizations: 621 primary diagnoses and 389 secondary diagnoses.

That was the first time the state reached 1,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations since Dec. 4, 2020 (1,000).

The record for most hospitalizations was 1,527 on Nov. 18, 2020. 

The website says 26.45% of inpatient beds are available in the state and 142 ICU beds are available statewide.

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Long-term care facilities

The state is currently reporting 63 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, an increase of 22 from last Wednesday.

The state is no longer naming these facilities on the COVID-19 dashboard, but a list as of Jan. 12, 2022 is above.

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State-run facilities

As of Jan. 14, 813 staff members at Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) facilities and 399 patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Of those cases, 737 staff and 378 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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Counties with the most positive tests as of Wednesday, Jan. 19:

  • Polk — 119,915
  • Linn — 49,218
  • Scott — 39,069
  • Black Hawk — 32,480
  • Johnson — 31,522

Counties with the lowest number of positive tests as of Wednesday, Jan. 19:

  • Adams — 730
  • Audubon — 1,008
  • Ringgold — 1,022
  • Wayne — 1,132
  • Taylor — 1,216


Hospitalization Data (RMCC)

Regional Medical Coordination Center data is also available for Iowans to view. 

This is where you can find the total number of hospitalized patients and the breakdown of patients in ICU, on ventilators and how many have been admitted into a hospital in the last 24 hours.

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