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Iowa breaks COVID-19 hospitalization record for second day in a row

Local 5 is breaking down COVID-19 numbers for central Iowans.

IOWA, USA — This story will be continuously updated as data is reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health, with 24-hour totals recorded from 9 a.m. to 9 a.m.

For a list of TestIowa sites, click here.

EDITOR's NOTE: The above video originally aired Oct. 26, 2020

State overview

24-hour totals (Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. to Oct. 27 at 9 a.m.)

  • 4,528 tested
    • 1,196 individuals positive
    • 26.41% positivity rate
  • 3,332 negative tests
  • 22 deaths

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, 117,618 Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19 since March 7, 2020 with an overall statewide positivity rate of 12.5%.

The total number of Iowans tested is 944,000 with 826,382 tests returning negative.

Breaking down those tests further: 73,149 Iowans have been tested via antigen tests and 870,851 have been tested through PCR, according to the website. 

1,657 Iowans have died— an increase of 22 in the last 24 hours— and 89,401 have recovered as of this update. 

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Hospitalizations in Iowa are at 564, a 24-hour increase of three. This is the highest number of Iowans hospitalized from the virus. The pervious record for most hospitalizations was recorded on Oct. 26 with 561.

The website says 78 patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours. 128 are in the intensive care unit (ICU), and 46 are on ventilators. 

A total of 769 ventilators are available. The website says 38.48% of inpatient beds are available in the state and 400 ICU beds are available. 

More information on hospitalization trends can be found under the Regional Medical Coordinator Center (RMCC) heading later on in this article.

Long-term care facilities

In total, 69 long-term care facilities are currently experiencing an outbreak with 2,016 positive individuals. That's an increase of two facilities and 31 cases in the past 24 hours.

Coronavirus deaths linked to long-term care facilities total to 820—an increase of 12 the past 24 hours—and recoveries are at 830 as of this update. 

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

More information on long-term care facilities can be found under the long-term care facility heading below.

State-run facilities

As of 2 p.m. Monday, 208 staff members at Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) facilities and 129 patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Of those cases, 144 staff and 84 patients are considered to be recovered.

Glenwood Resource Center (GRC) has 80 positive staff members and 52 positive patients. Woodward Resource Center (WRC) has 77 positive staff members and 49 positive patients. 

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. 

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

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COVID-19 in central Iowa counties as of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27: 

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


  • 7,525 total tests
    • 727 positive 
    • 6,798 negative
  • 520 recovered
  • 9 reported deaths


  • 30,297 total tests
    • 3,472 positive
    • 26,825 negative
  • 2,805 recovered
  • 44 reported deaths 


  • 9,626 total tests
    • 1,115 positive
    • 8,511 negative
  • 855 recovered
  • 34 reported deaths


  • 4,204 total tests
    • 364 positive
    • 3,840 negative
  • 255 recovered
  • 3 reported deaths


  • 8,316 total tests
    • 1,021 positive
    • 7,295 negative
  • 901 recovered
  • 10 reported deaths


  • 12,835 total tests
    • 2,026 positive
    • 10,809 negative
  • 1,767 recovered
  • 36 reported deaths


  • 154,031 total tests
    • 19,058 positive
    •  134,973 negative
  • 15,917 recovered
  • 288 reported deaths 


  • 33,491 total tests
    • 4,013 positive
    • 29,478 negative
  • 3,466 recovered
  • 18 reported deaths


  • 15,087 total tests
    • 1,264 positive
    • 13,823 negative
  • 969 recovered
  • 7 reported deaths

Counties with the most cases as of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27: 

  • Polk — 19,058
  • Woodbury — 7,264
  • Johnson — 5,889
  • Black Hawk — 5,650
  • Linn — 5,637

Counties with the least cases as of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27:

  • Adams — 81
  • Ringgold — 88
  • Wayne — 121
  • Worth — 144
  • Audubon — 149

There are 19 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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