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July 21-28 weekly COVID-19 update: 2,158 new cases, 13 new deaths reported

Iowa's 14-day positivity rate is 5.7%, up from 4.4% last week.

IOWA, USA — EDITOR'S NOTE: The above video is from June 25

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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

Weekly Totals (July 21 to July 28)

  • 39,341 tests processed
  • 2,158 positive individuals confirmed
    • 5.5% positivity rate
  • 13 deaths

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, July, 28, 410,166 tests have come back positive for COVID-19 since March 7, 2020. 

A total of 378,831 Iowans have tested positive. This number was found by adding PCR individuals positive (312,177) to antigen individuals positive (66,654) on the "Positive Case Analysis" dashboard.

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

The 7-day positivity rate sits at 6.6% (up from 5% last week) and the 14-day positivity rate sits at 5.7% (up from 4.4% last week).

More than 5.3 million tests have been administered in the state, including PCR and antigen tests. 

6,183 Iowans have died—a weekly increase of 13.

368,095 Iowans are considered to be recovered from the virus. 

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 July 14, 3,049,198 total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state. A total of 2,933,702 have been administered to Iowans. 

A total of 103,691 individuals have started their two-dose vaccine series while 1,408,255 have completed their full two-dose series. The state's website says 129,057 people are fully vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

The state of Iowa has fully vaccinated 1,537,282 individuals.

Two doses must be administered for an individual to be counted as fully vaccinated for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. However, full immunity isn't 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. 

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This hospitalization data was last updated July 21.

Hospitalizations in Iowa were at 106.

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

The website says 34.75% of inpatient beds are available in the state and 401 ICU beds are available. 

Long-term care facilities

The state is currently reporting one outbreak in a long-term care facility. The state is no longer naming these facilities on the COVID-19 dashboard.

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State-run facilities

As of noon on Friday, July 9, 542 staff members at Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) facilities and 348 patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Of those cases, 541 staff and 344 patients are considered to be recovered.

DHS reported the death of a second resident due to virus complications on Jan. 7.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased," the agency said in a release on its website.

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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COVID-19 in central Iowa counties as of Wednesday, July 14:

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


  • 47,952 total tests
    • 2,937 positive 
    • 45,015 negative
  • 2,653 recovered
  • 35 reported deaths


  • 140,904 total tests
    • 12,873 positive
    • 128,031 negative
  • 11,260 recovered
  • 99 reported deaths 


  • 58,171 total tests
    • 4,902 positive
    • 53,269 negative
  • 4,428 recovered
  • 73 reported deaths


  • 23,178 total tests
    • 1,822 positive
    • 21,356 negative
  • 1,644 recovered
  • 19 reported deaths


  • 46,850 total tests
    • 3,927 positive
    • 42,923 negative
  • 3,584 recovered
  • 78 reported deaths


  • 90,602 total tests
    • 5,318 positive
    • 85,284 negative
  • 4,822 recovered
  • 79 reported deaths


  • 770,229 total tests
    • 66,689 positive
    • 703,540 negative
  • 57,924 recovered
  • 646 reported deaths 


  • 174,209 total tests
    • 11,680 positive
    • 162,529 negative
  • 10,713 recovered
  • 48 reported deaths


  • 85,970 total tests
    • 6,464 positive
    • 79,506 negative
  • 5,797 recovered
  • 92 reported deaths


  • 77,417 total tests
    • 5,764 positive
    • 71,653 negative
  • 5,686 recovered 
  • 97 reported deaths

Counties with the most positive tests as of Wednesday, July 14:

  • Polk — 66,344 
  • Linn — 22,895
  • Scott — 21,877
  • Black Hawk — 18,245
  • Johnson — 15,645

Counties with the least positive tests as of Wednesday, July 14:

  • Adams — 361
  • Audubon — 554
  • Ringgold — 587
  • Van Buren — 602
  • Wayne — 607


COVID-19 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.

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