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COVID-19 by the numbers: State reports 52 total long-term care facility outbreaks as hospitalizations continue to increase

Local 5 is breaking down COVID-19 numbers for central Iowans.
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IOWA, USA — This story will be continuously updated as data is reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health, with 24-hour totals recorded from 9 a.m. to 9 a.m.

For a list of TestIowa sites, click here.

State overview

24-hour totals (Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. to Sept. 30 at 9 a.m.)

  • 5,989 tested
    • 989 individuals positive
    • 16.51% positivity rate
  • 5,000 negative tests
  • 17 deaths

As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, 88,478 Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19 since March 7, 2020. The overall positivity rate is 11.1%.

The total number of Iowans tested is 796,636 with 708,158 tests returning negative.

Breaking down those tests further— 32,184 Iowans have been tested via antigen tests and 764,452 have been tested through PCR. 

1,341 Iowans have died— an increase of 17 in the last 24 hours—and 68,361 have recovered as of this update. 

Hospitalizations in Iowa are at 390, a 24-hour increase of 14.

The website says 61 patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours. 100 are in the intensive care unit (ICU), and 31 are on ventilators. 

A total of 794 ventilators are available.

More information on hospitalization trends can be found under the Regional Medical Coordinator Center (RMCC) heading later on in this article.

In total, 52 long-term care facilities are currently experiencing an outbreak with 1,127 positive individuals. That's an increase of two facilities and 40 cases the last 24 hours.

COVID-19 deaths linked to long-term care facilities total to 693— a 24-hour increase of 6— and recoveries are at 716 as of this update. 

Long-term care facilities are removed from being on the outbreak list when no new cases are detected in 28 days. The data on the long-term care dashboard is an active number, not a running total. That's according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

More information on long-term care facilities can be found under the long-term care facility heading below.

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

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COVID-19 in central Iowa counties as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30:

Here's a quick look at central Iowa data by county from the coronavirus website:

Boone

  • 6,442 total tests
    • 527 positive 
    • 5,915 negative
  • 351 recovered
  • 8 reported deaths

Dallas

  • 25,954 total tests
    • 2,834 positive
    • 23,120 negative
  • 2,395 recovered
  • 38 reported deaths 

Jasper

  • 8,091 total tests
    • 872 positive
    • 7,219 negative
  • 582 recovered
  • 34 reported deaths

Madison 

  • 3,547 total tests
    • 236 positive
    • 3,311 negative
  • 184 recovered
  • 2 reported deaths

Marion

  • 7,059 total tests
    • 775 positive
    • 6,304 negative
  • 715 recovered
  • 8 reported deaths

Marshall

  • 11,381 total tests
    • 1,795 positive
    • 9,586 negative
  • 1,646 recovered
  • 34 reported deaths

Polk

  • 133,171 total tests
    • 16,133 positive
    •  117,038 negative
  • 13,547 recovered
  • 264 reported deaths 

Story

  • 30,157 total tests
    • 3,487 positive
    • 26,670 negative
  • 2,661 recovered
  • 17 reported deaths

Warren

  • 12,769 total tests
    • 969 positive
    • 11,800 negative
  • 807 recovered
  • 6 reported deaths

Counties with the most cases as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30:

  • Polk — 16,133
  • Woodbury — 5,604
  • Johnson — 5,186
  • Black Hawk — 4,547
  • Linn — 4,169
  • Story — 3,487

Counties with the least cases as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30:

  • Adams — 34
  • Ringgold — 53
  • Decatur — 67
  • Adair — 73
  • Wayne — 88

There are 15 cases pending investigation as of this update.

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Coronavirus outcomes: Deaths vs recoveries

The coronavirus website now has two dashboards that detail outcomes from having COVID-19: one for deaths and the other for recoveries. 

Recovered

Deaths

Testing trends

The coronavirus website now has a dashboard detailing serology testing as well.

Here's a look at the TestIowa assessments taken:

Long-term care facilities

The long-term care dashboard now includes more information about outbreaks across the state. Iowans can now see positive cases among symptomatic and asymptomatic residents as well as positive cases over time.

Regional Medical Coordination Center 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.

Text FACTS to 515-457-1026 for the latest coronavirus coverage. You can also see all of Local 5's COVID-19 coverage by clicking here.

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