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Cases, deaths in Iowa: COVID-19 by the numbers

Local 5 is breaking down the COVID-19 trends and data released by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

IOWA, USA — This story will be continuously updated as data is reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health. 

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced another update to the Iowa Department of Public Health's coronavirus website last week.

Updates on case counts, deaths and other data will be made in real time in the interactive modules below. In an effort to explain the data being provided, Local 5 will provide breakdowns of what you need to know as an Iowan living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

State overview

As of 1:45 p.m. Sunday, 17,251 Iowans have tested positive for the virus. 

The site shows that 110,504 Iowans have tested negative. The total number of Iowans tested is 128,039. 

Deaths continue to rise from COVID-19. Since Saturday, another nine Iowans have died from the virus. Total deaths as of this update are 453.

Meanwhile, 9,312 Iowans have recovered from their symptoms. That's an increase of 125.

Hospitalizations in Iowa total to 363. The website says 34 patients have been admitted in the last day. Currently, 114 of hospitalized patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 61 are on ventilators.

More information on hospitalization trends can be found under the Regional Medical Coordinator Center (RMCC)  heading below.

NOTE: Data can also be downloaded from the modules by hovering over a data set and clicking the icon in the upper-right corner.

COVID-19 in central Iowa counties

Here's a quick look at central Iowa data by county:

As of 1:45 p.m. Sunday, May 24


  • 1,385 total tests
    • 54 positive 
    • 1,329 negative
  • 23 recovered
  • No reported deaths


  • 4,230 total tests
    • 849 positive
    • 3,364 negative
  • 509 recovered
  • 14 reported deaths


  • 1,750 total tests
    • 256 positive
    • 1,489 negative
  • 190 recovered
  • 16 reported deaths


  • 426 total tests
    • 24 positive
    • 398 negative
  • 11 recovered
  • 1 reported death


  • 764 total tests
    • 29 positive
    • 732 negative
  • 19 recovered
  • No reported deaths


  • 3,271 total tests
    • 866 positive
    • 2,393 negative
  • 449 recovered
  • 11 reported deaths


  • 20,341 total tests
    • 3,713 positive
    • 16,549 negative
  • 1,487 recovered
  • 107 reported deaths


  • 1,966 total tests
    • 94 positive
    • 1,870 negative
  • 69 recovered
  • 1 reported death


  • 1,676 total tests
    • 106 positive
    • 1,561 negative
  • 71 recovered
  • No reported deaths

Counties with the most cases as of 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 24:

  • Polk — 3,713
  • Woodbury — 2,554
  • Black Hawk — 1,676
  • Linn — 927
  • Marshall — 866

Counties with the least cases as of 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 24:

  • Decatur — 0
  • Wayne— 1
  • Calhoun — 2


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Testing trends

At her Tuesday press conference, Gov. Reynolds pointed to the dramatic increase of testing in Iowa. 

According to the IDPH dashboard, 490,504 Iowans have completed the online TestIowa assessment as of  1:45 p.m. on Sunday.

State Medical Director and epidemiologist Dr. Caitlin Pedati explained more on serology testing in the state as well. 

The tests, also known as antibody tests, can help measure your body's response and previous exposure to a foreign organism such as COVID-19. 

The coronavirus website now has a dashboard detailing serology testing as well.

You can look at that data right here:

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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