Iowa confirms 1,703 COVID-19 cases, 69 deaths reported Thursday

From staff reports, Des Moines Register
Published 9:59 a.m. CT Dec. 31, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health on Thursday was reporting another 69 COVID-19 deaths and an additional 1,703 confirmed cases.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, the state was reporting 3,891 COVID-19-related deaths, an increase of 69 deaths since the state’s tally at 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the state’s website. 

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The state was reporting at 10 a.m. Thursday that there are 280,303 confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase of 1,703 since 10 a.m. Wednesday. 

The total number of people tested is 1,355,025, according to the state. Of the people who have tested positive, 238,977 have recovered.

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The daily numbers

The latest data as of 10 a.m. Thursday, compared to 10 a.m. Wednesday:

  • Confirmed cases: 280,303, an increase of 1,703.
  • Deaths: 3,891, an increase of 69.
  • Hospitalizations: 600, down from 612.
  • Patients admitted: 76, down from 105.
  • Nursing home outbreaks: 111, no change.
  • Patients in ICU: 134, up from 127.
  • Patients on ventilators: 69, up from 66.
  • Total tested: 1,355,025.
  • Total recovered: 238,977

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On Wednesday, 600 people were hospitalized in Iowa, down from 612 on Tuesday, according to the latest information available from the state. Hospitals admitted 76 patients, down from 105. 

Also, there were 134 patients in the ICU on Wednesday, up from 127 on Tuesday. There were 69 patients on ventilators, up from 66.

Additionally, 111 nursing homes in Iowa were reporting outbreaks on Thursday, no change from Wednesday.

Of Iowa’s 99 counties, 33 had a 14-day positivity rate above 15% on Thursday. Another 43 counties were reporting between 10% and 15%. Polk County, the state’s most populous, was at 11.7%. Twenty-three counties were reporting below 10%. 

Statewide, Iowa’s 14-day positivity rate was 12.2% on Thursday.

The state calculates the positivity rate by dividing the number of individuals who tested positive over the past 14 days by the total number of individuals who were tested in total over those 14 days.

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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