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State reports 81 more COVID deaths, 8.98% positivity rate the past week

The Iowa Department of Public Health updates some core metrics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But individuals positive can only be calculated on Wednesday.

IOWA, USA — The above video reflects data compiled on Sept. 22, 2021. 

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COVID-19 data is now updated to the state's dashboard each Wednesday around midday, instead of daily. This story will reflect each Wednesday's update.

State overview

Sept. 22, 2021 Update (Certain metrics will be updated Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)

  • 476,342 statewide positive tests (+3,661 from Sept. 20)
  • 9.4% 14-day positivity rate (Unchanged from Sept. 20)
  • 638 COVID hospitalizations (+59 from Sept. 20)
    • 161 COVID patients in ICU (+13 from Sept. 20)
  • 6,483 deaths (+81 from Sept. 20)****
  • 29 long-term care facility outbreaks (Unchanged from Sept. 20)

***COVID deaths were listed at 6,401 on Sept. 15 and 17 as well

Credit: Iowa Department of Public Health
A snapshot of the Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 Dashboard on Sept. 22, 2021

Here is what will be updated on Wednesdays: 

Weekly Totals (Sept. 15-21)

  • 135,446 tests processed
  • 12,163 positive individuals confirmed
    • 8.98% positivity rate
  • 81 deaths

As of 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday Sept. 22, 476,342 tests have come back positive for COVID-19 since March 7, 2020. 

A total of 440,680 Iowans have tested positive. This number was found by adding PCR individuals positive (357,468) to antigen individuals positive (83,212) on the "Positive Case Analysis" dashboard.

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

The 7-day positivity rate sits at 9.6% (up from 9.1% last week) and the 14-day positivity rate is 9.4% (up from 9.1% last week).

More than 6.09 million tests have been administered in the state, including PCR and antigen tests. 

6,482 Iowans have died—a weekly increase of 81.

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

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Vaccine updates

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

The state updated the vaccine dashboard on March 10 to include Johnson & Johnson doses into Iowa's vaccine totals.

As of Sept. 22, 3,306,585 total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state. A total of 3,177,962 have been administered to Iowans. 

A total of 121,863 individuals have started their two-dose vaccine series while 1,522,398 have completed their full two-dose series. The state's website says 139,926 people are fully vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

The state of Iowa has fully vaccinated 1,662,324 individuals. The CDC reports 63% of eligible Iowans (Ages 12+) are fully vaccinated. 

Two doses must be administered for an individual to be counted as fully vaccinated for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. However, full immunity isn't achieved until two weeks after the second dose.

Johnson & Johnson is a single-dose vaccine, so individuals have full immunity two weeks after that dose. 

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There are 638 patients hospitalized, an increase of 60 from a week ago.

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

The website says 27.66% of inpatient beds are available in the state and 182 ICU beds are available statewide.

Long-term care facilities

The state is currently reporting 29 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, a one-week increase of six.

The state is no longer naming these facilities on the COVID-19 dashboard.

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State-run facilities

As of Sept. 17, 580 staff members at Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) facilities and 359 patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Of those cases, 574 staff and 355 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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Counties with the most positive tests as of Wednesday, Sept. 22:

  • Polk — 77,736
  • Linn — 28,402
  • Scott — 24,966
  • Black Hawk —21,239
  • Woodbury — 18,952

Counties with the lowest number of positive tests as of Wednesday, Sept. 22:

  • Adams — 439
  • Audubon — 624
  • Ringgold — 647
  • Wayne — 700
  • Taylor — 751


COVID-19 Deaths

Testing trends

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

Here's a look at the TestIowa assessments taken:

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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