State surpasses 300,000 coronavirus cases

From staff reports, Des Moines Register
Published 9:21 a.m. CT Jan. 14, 2021 | Updated 9:22 a.m. CT Jan. 14, 2021

The number of coronavirus cases in Iowa has surpassed 300,000, as the state was reporting another 1,528 positive tests Thursday.

Thursday morning, the state was reporting 301,438 confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase of 1,528 since 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the state’s website.

The state has not yet updated the number of COVID-19-related deaths from Wednesday’s total of 4,232.  

The total number of people tested is 1,410,317, according to the state. Of the people who have tested positive, 262,221 have recovered.

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On Wednesday, 532 people were hospitalized in Iowa, up from 516 on Tuesday, according to the latest information available from the state. Hospitals admitted 86 patients, up from 82. 

Also, there were 85 patients in the ICU on Wednesday, up from 79 on Tuesday. There were 35 patients on ventilators, up from 30.

Additionally, 85 nursing homes in Iowa were reporting outbreaks on Thursday, up from 84 on Wednesday.

Of Iowa’s 99 counties, 45 had a 14-day positivity rate above 15% on Thursday. Polk County, the state’s most populous, was at 15%. Another 41 counties were reporting between 10% and 15%. Thirteen counties were reporting below 10%. 

Statewide, Iowa’s 14-day positivity rate was 13.6% 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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