Another 15 people with COVID-19 have died in Iowa and there have been an additional 919 confirmed cases, the state reported Wednesday.
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the state was reporting 1,414 COVID-19-related deaths, an increase of 15 deaths since the state’s tally at 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the state’s coronavirus.iowa.gov website.
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was scheduled to hold an 11 a.m. news conference Wednesday on COVID-19 developments and other topics.
The state was reporting at 10 a.m. Wednesday that there are 94,342 confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase of 919 since 10 a.m. Tuesday. According to the state’s website, there were 99 confirmed cases Tuesday.
The state has been changing how it reports testing data, which has caused spikes in the rate of positive data. Before the changes, the state was consistently reporting a positivity rate, that is, the percentage of tests that were positive, below 10%. Iowa also is now counting the results of antigen tests, a relatively rapid type of coronavirus tests, that will increase the reported rates of infection in some counties.
On Wednesday, the state was reporting 11.3% positive since the pandemic started. Of the tests the state has reported since 10 a.m. Tuesday, 16.4% were positive, according to a Des Moines Register analysis. Iowa’s 14-day average was 8.6% positive, according to the state.
These were the Iowa counties that had 14-day averages above 15%:
- Lyon (31.7%);
- Sioux (24.7%);
- Page (22.8%);
- Taylor (21.9%);
- Delaware (19.7%);
- Fremont (19.2%);
- O’Brien (18.4%);
- Carroll (17.7%);
- Osceola (16.9%);
- Emmet (16.3%);
- Adams (15.9%);
- Ida (15.8%);
- Guthrie (15.6%);
- Harrison (15.6%);
- Henry (15.4%);
- Plymouth (15.2%);
Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered that at least 50% of instruction at Iowa schools must be held in person. For K-12 schools to be considered for a state waiver allowing for online-only instruction, districts must have an 10% absentee rate and the county they are located in must have a 14-day coronavirus average of at least 15%.
Of the 94,342 people who have tested positive, 73,237 have recovered, according to the state. The total number of people tested is 832,909, including 1,468 on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the state was reporting 444 hospitalizations, up from 413 on Tuesday and a record high since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. In the past 24 hours, 97 patients have been admitted. Also, there are 104 patients in the ICU, the same number as on Tuesday.
The Des Moines Register uses data from the Iowa Department of Public Health to report daily totals of Iowans tested for the coronavirus and Iowans who have tested positive for the virus, as of 10 a.m. each day. Since the pandemic began in spring, the state has made changes and corrections to how it reports that data and the data does not always agree with numbers reported from other sources.
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