Breaking News
More () »

Local 5 - weareiowa.com | Des Moines Local News & Weather | Des Moines, Iowa

State reports 25 more COVID-19 deaths and 647 additional cases

The Iowa Department of Public Health says 626,947 total vaccine doses have been administered as of Friday morning. This includes first and second doses.

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.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The state has added more than 2.4 million test results to its website as of Saturday, Feb. 20. The state announced changes would be made to data reporting on Wednesday. 

The Iowa Department of Public Health told Local 5 that 10,000 people were in the backlog of negative tests being added to the state. However, many of those individuals have been tested more than once. 

State overview

24-hour totals (Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. to Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.)

  • 16,329 tests processed
    • 647 positive tests confirmed
  • 3.96% positivity rate 
  • 25 deaths

As of 10 a.m. Friday, 362,478 tests have come back positive for COVID-19 since March 7, 2020. A total of 335,405 Iowans have tested positive. 

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

The 7-day test positive rate is 4.1% and the 14-day test positivity rate is 4.2%

Remember: The positivity rates will be low since the state added more negative test results to the website

More than 4.02 million tests have been administered in the state, including PCR and antigen tests. 

5,463 Iowans have died—an increase of 25 the past 24 hours.

By pulling the summary spreadsheet from the state's website, Local 5 found 313,778 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."

626,947 total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state. A total of 603,415 have been administered to Iowans. 

Initial doses of the vaccine have been administered to 316,183 people in Iowa, but only 155,382 individuals have completed the series. These numbers don't add up because they are individuals who have received the vaccine, not doses administered. 

Two doses must be administered for an individual to be counted as fully vaccinated. 

RELATED: Where to find Iowa COVID-19 vaccine locations, pharmacy information


As of 10 a.m. Friday, hospitalizations in Iowa are at 196, a 24-hour decrease of 31.

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

The website says 27 patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours, 46 are in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 18 are on ventilators. A total of 946 ventilators are available. 

The website says 35.75% of inpatient beds are available in the state and 381 ICU beds are available. 

The state website updates hospitalizations numbers nightly. 

Long-term care facilities

In total, 18 long-term care facilities are currently experiencing an outbreak, with total resident and staff cases at 464, a 24-hour increase of four cases.

Resident deaths are at 2,164 (24-hour increase of nine) and recoveries are at 309.

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 Thursday, 519 staff members at Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) facilities and 346 patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Of those cases, 516 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. 

RELATED: Iowa will now include antigen test results in COVID-19 data despite tests being less accurate

COVID-19 in central Iowa counties as of 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26:

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


  • 37,912 total tests
    • 2,584 total positive 
    • 35,328 negative
  • 2,253 recovered
  • 30 reported deaths


  • 108,397 total tests
    • 11,276 total positive
    • 97,121 negative
  • 9,225 recovered
  • 90 reported deaths 


  • 42,863 total tests
    • 4,112 total positive
    • 38,751 negative
  • 3,368 recovered
  • 66 reported deaths


  • 17,049 total tests
    • 1,536 positive
    • 15,513 negative
  • 1,285 recovered
  • 18 reported deaths


  • 34,750 total tests
    • 3,574 total positive
    • 31,176 negative
  • 3,130 recovered
  • 69 reported deaths


  • 69,777 total tests
    • 4,947 total positive
    • 64,830 negative
  • 4,313 recovered
  • 72 reported deaths


  • 572,335 total tests
    • 57,826 total positive
    • 514,509 negative
  • 47,335 recovered
  • 547 reported deaths 


  • 137,804 total tests
    • 10,148 total positive
    • 127,656 negative
  • 8,942 recovered
  • 45 reported deaths


  • 63,085 total tests
    • 5,511 total positive
    • 57,574 negative
  • 4,671 recovered
  • 74 reported deaths

Counties with the most positive tests as of 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26:

  • Polk — 57,826
  • Linn — 20,559
  • Scott — 18,231
  • Black Hawk — 16,207
  • Woodbury — 14,900

Counties with the least positive tests as of 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26:

  • Adams — 325
  • Audubon — 483
  • Wayne — 487
  • Ringgold — 518
  • Van Buren — 559

There are 964 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.

Text FACTS to 515-457-1026 for the latest coronavirus coverage. You can also see all of Local 5's COVID-19 coverage by clicking here.

RELATED: Granddaughter of COVID-19 patient in nursing home speaks out

RELATED: A week away from retirement, Marshalltown meatpacking worker dies from coronavirus


WATCH: Complete coronavirus coverage from Local 5 on YouTube