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COVID-19 in Iowa: State reports 8 additional deaths and 1,104 more cases

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, 315,170 Iowans have tested positive for the coronavirus.

IOWA, USA — For a list of TestIowa sites, click here.

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 (Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. to Jan. 27 at 10 a.m.)

  • 3,758 tested
  • 1,104 individuals positive
    • 29.38% positivity rate
  • 2,654 negative tests
  • 8 deaths

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, 315,170 Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19 since March 7, 2020. The 14-day positivity rate for individuals is 10.2%, according to the state's website. 

The test positivity rate for the state is 6.6%. 

The state says 340,358 tests have come back positive since the beginning of the pandemic. This number isn't the same as individuals positive since some may have tested positive more than once. 

While more than 1.45 million Iowans have been tested for the virus, more than 3.54 million tests have been administered in Iowa. 

4,500 Iowans have died—an increase of eight the past 24 hours — and 277,830 have recovered.

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NOTE: As of June 30, 2020, IDPH classifies anyone not hospitalized or deceased after 28 days to be "recovered."


As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, hospitalizations in Iowa are at 408, a 24-hour decrease of seven.

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

The website says 76 patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours, 81 are in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 37 are on ventilators. 

A total of 943 ventilators are available. The website says 36.49% of inpatient beds are available in the state and 401 ICU beds are available. 

The state website updates hospitalizations numbers nightly. 

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Long-term care facilities

In total, 62 long-term care facilities are currently experiencing an outbreak, with total resident and staff cases at 1,961. That's an increase of two facilities and 20 cases the past 24 hours.

Resident deaths at facilities are 1,873, a 24-hour increase of seven.

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 Tuesday, 513 staff members at Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) facilities and 345 patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Of those cases, 507 staff and 338 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. 

14-day positivity rates

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, Wayne County has the lowest 14-day positivity rate at 4.0%. Kossuth County is the highest at 20.0%.

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

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


  • 11,951 total tests
    • 2,253 positive 
    • 9,698 negative
  • 1,881 recovered
  • 18 reported deaths


  • 46,839 total tests
    • 9,157 positive
    • 37,682 negative
  • 7,855 recovered
  • 72 reported deaths 


  • 15,599 total tests
    • 3,352 positive
    • 12,247 negative
  • 2,818 recovered
  • 59 reported deaths


  • 6,607 total tests
    • 1,265 positive
    • 5,342 negative
  • 958 recovered
  • 10 reported deaths


  • 13,526 total tests
    • 3,122 positive
    • 10,404 negative
  • 2,679 recovered
  • 53 reported deaths


  • 18,219 total tests
    • 4,334 positive
    • 13,885 negative
  • 4,028 recovered
  • 62 reported deaths


  • 237,462 total tests
    • 47,208 positive
    • 190,254 negative
  • 41,029 recovered
  • 465 reported deaths 


  • 49,055 total tests
    • 8,870 positive
    • 40,185 negative
  • 7,984 recovered
  • 38 reported deaths


  • 24,219 total tests
    • 4,640 positive
    • 19,579 negative
  • 3,764 recovered
  • 39 reported deaths

Counties with the most cases as of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27:

  • Polk — 47,208
  • Linn — 18,187
  • Scott — 16,016
  • Black Hawk — 14,186
  • Woodbury — 13,163

Counties with the least cases as of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27:

  • Adams — 302
  • Wayne — 420
  • Audubon — 427
  • Ringgold — 463
  • Decatur — 500

There are 1,022 cases pending investigation as of this update.


Coronavirus outcomes: Deaths vs recoveries

The coronavirus website now has two dashboards that detail outcomes from having COVID-19: one for deaths and the other for recoveries. 



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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