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Hospitalizations total 218 as state reports 3 long-term care outbreaks

According to coronavirus.iowa.gov, 27 residents and staff are currently positive for COVID-19 in three different long-term care facilities.

IOWA, USA — For a list of TestIowa sites, click here. The above video is from Feb. 20.

Local 5 previously updated data at 9 a.m. each day, but has adjusted the schedule to 10 a.m. based on the state's online reporting time. 

State overview

24-hour totals (April 9 at 10 a.m. to April 10 at 10 a.m.)

  • 14,684 tests processed
  • 616positive individuals confirmed
    • 4.19% positivity rate 
  • 6 deaths

As of 10 a.m. Saturday, 385,270 tests have come back positive for COVID-19 since March 8, 2020. 

A total of 356,461 Iowans have tested positive. This number was found by adding PCR individuals positive (294,749) to antigen individuals positive (61,712) on the "Positive Case Analysis" dashboard.  

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

The 7-day positivity rate is 4.6% and the 14-day positivity rate is 4.7%.

More than 4.56 million tests have been administered in the state, including PCR and antigen tests. 

5,849 Iowans have died—an increase of six the past 24 hours.

337,573 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."

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 10 a.m. Saturday, 1,794,368 total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state. A total of 1,727,957 have been administered to Iowans. 

A total of 389,079 individuals have started their two-dose vaccine series while 671,507 have completed their full two-dose series. The state's website says 62,276 people are fully vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

In total, 733,783 individuals have been fully vaccinated by the state of Iowa.

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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As of 10 a.m. Saturday, hospitalizations in Iowa are at 218, a 24-hour decrease of 10.

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

The website says 47 patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours, 52 are in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 19 are on ventilators. 946 ventilators are available. 

The website says 35.34% of inpatient beds are available in the state and 380 ICU beds are available. 

The state website updates hospitalizations data nightly. 

Long-term care facilities

Three long-term care facility outbreaks have been reported, with 27 total cases among staff and residents. Four residents and/or staff have recovered, according to the state.

Resident deaths are at 2,290.

The state recently said they will use both "contributing factor" and "underlying cause" when calculating deaths.

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

IDPH announced that several changes to the state website and how LTC data would be reported would start Friday, Jan. 8:

  • Previous reporting: The reporting method for the LTC dashboard included old positive cases in an LTC facility for previous outbreak status.
    • Example: If an LTC was in an outbreak status in April and then again in January, the positive case counts were captured for both outbreaks in the overall positive counts.
    • New reporting: The number now only reflects positive cases associated with the current outbreak.
  • Previous reporting: The reporting method for the LTC dashboard included old recovered cases in LTC for previous outbreak status.
    • Example: If an LTC was in an outbreak status in April and then again in January the recovered case counts were also captured for both outbreaks in the overall recovered counts.
    • New reporting: The number now only reflects positive cases associated with the current outbreak.

State-run facilities

As of noon Friday, 532 staff members at Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) facilities and 347 patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Of those cases, 526 staff and 343 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 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9:

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


  • 42,529 total tests
    • 2,742 total positive 
    • 39,787 negative
  • 2,443 recovered
  • 31 reported deaths


  • 122,446 total tests
    • 12,098 total positive
    • 110,348 negative
  • 10,282 recovered
  • 96 reported deaths 


  • 49,459 total tests
    • 4,393 total positive
    • 45,066 negative
  • 3,872 recovered
  • 70 reported deaths


  • 19,670 total tests
    • 1,653 positive
    • 18,017 negative
  • 1,457 recovered
  • 19 reported deaths


  • 40,484 total tests
    • 3,736 total positive
    • 36,748 negative
  • 3,403 recovered
  • 75 reported deaths


  • 79,265 total tests
    • 5,120 total positive
    • 74,145 negative
  • 4,617 recovered
  • 74 reported deaths


  • 658,339 total tests
    • 62,388 total positive
    • 595,951 negative
  • 52,276 recovered
  • 596 reported deaths 


  • 155,913 total tests
    • 10,958 total positive
    • 144,955 negative
  • 9,688 recovered
  • 47 reported deaths


  • 72,660 total tests
    • 5,953 total positive
    • 66,707 negative
  • 5,158 recovered
  • 86 reported deaths

Counties with the most positive tests as of 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 10:

  • Polk — 62,388
  • Linn — 21,432
  • Scott — 19,987
  • Black Hawk — 16,851
  • Woodbury — 16,026

Counties with the least positive tests as of 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 10:

  • Adams — 336
  • Audubon — 511
  • Ringgold — 553
  • Wayne — 555
  • Van Buren — 578

There are 1,025 positive tests pending investigation as of this update.


Deaths from COVID-19

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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