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Weekly COVID update: IDPH reports 1,495 more cases and 31 additional deaths

Find the latest Iowa data on COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations here.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds' final COVID-19 disaster proclamation expired Tuesday, Feb. 15, which decommissioned the state's COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.iowa.gov. However, the Iowa Department of Public Health will continue to update case numbers on its website each Wednesday.

According to the health department, this reporting "more closely aligns COVID-19 with existing reporting standards for other respiratory viruses, like flu."

Here's how IDPH changed its reporting starting in February 2022:

  • Testing sites are no longer required to report negative COVID-19 test results, meaning the positivity rate will no longer be reported. IDPH said this data point is not as meaningful as it once was due to the increase in testing volume and availability of at-home tests.
  • Long-term care facilities* are no longer be required to notify IDPH when they have three or more infections in residents, so the department will no longer report the number of outbreaks in these facilities. IDPH said it will use data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to identify facilities with positive cases and assist in infection control. 
  • While the state is no longer requiring hospitals to report COVID-related data, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services continues to require hospital data reporting, which is available here.

*To view a list of Iowa's long-term care facility outbreaks through January 2022, click here.

Feb. 1, 2023 update


  • 1,038,217 statewide positive tests since the start of the pandemic (+2,225 from Jan.25)
  • 895,619 statewide positive cases (+1,495 from Jan. 25)
  • 2,114 positive tests in the last seven days
  • 10,597 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic (+31 from Jan. 25, though it is not stated when the deaths occurred)

Counties with the most positive cases (Total positive tests in parentheses):

  • Polk — 146,376 (174,665)
  • Linn — 64,136 (73,891)
  • Scott — 48,550 (55,441)
  • Johnson — 44,539 (52,098)
  • Black Hawk — 38,600 (45,452)

Counties with the least positive cases (Total positive tests in parentheses):

  • Adams — 931 (1,032)
  • Audubon — 1,303 (1,455)
  • Ringgold — 1,311 (1,433)
  • Wayne — 1,511 (1,744)
  • Taylor — 1,526 (1,706)

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The federal Health and Human Services website is no longer being updated with COVID hospitalizations.

Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations totaled 154 on Jan. 25. 67.28% of hospital inpatient beds were in use, and 2.29% of those beds were being used for COVID-19 patients.


Based on IDPH data, which was last updated on in early January:

  • 60% of all Iowans are fully vaccinated
    • 1,974,086 individuals are fully vaccinated
  • 91.8% of Iowans 65 years old and up are fully vaccinated
  • 1,396,703 monovalent booster doses administered
    • 566,494 bivalent booster doses administered

The state's latest vaccination separates data by nine-year age gaps until the 60-64 and 65+ age ranges.

The state officially administered more than 1 million doses on March 12, 2021. The state officially administered more than 1 million doses to Iowans on March 14, 2021.

Two doses must be administered for an individual to be counted as fully vaccinated for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Johnson & Johnson is a single-dose vaccine, so individuals are considered fully vaccinated after one shot.

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State-run facilities

As of Feb. 4, 972 staff members at Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) facilities and 470 patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Of those cases, 950 staff and 440 patients are considered to be recovered.

A total of three residents within these facilities have died from the virus. They were reported on the following dates

  • Dec. 7, 2020
  • Jan. 7, 2021
  • Aug. 6, 2021

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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