Iowa surpasses 30,000 COVID-19 cases in October as state reports another 11 deaths, 2,469 positive tests
More than 30,000 people in Iowa have tested positive for COVID-19 this month, as deaths and cases continue to increase.
Since Oct. 1, there have been 30,674 confirmed cases in the Hawkeye State. At 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been a total of 121,913 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the pandemic arrived in Iowa. That is an increase of 2,469 since the state's tally at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
According to the state's Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website, there were 240 confirmed cases Wednesday and has been one additional case Thursday, as of 10 a.m.
At 10 a.m. Thursday, the state was reporting 1,691 COVID-19-related deaths, an increase of 11 deaths since the state's tally at 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the state's Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website.
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Of the people who have tested positive, 91,401 have recovered, according to the state. The total number of people tested is 956,844.
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Meanwhile, White House coronavirus experts warned Iowans this week to be cautious about gathering indoors, even in small groups.
An Oct. 25 report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force warned Iowans to take caution when gathering indoors, even in small groups. The report continues to classify Iowa as being in the "red zone" for new cases of coronavirus, with the 10th highest per-capita rate in the country.
On Thursday, the state was reporting 605 hospitalizations, up from 596 on Wednesday. In the past 24 hours, 113 patients have been admitted. Also, there are 135 patients in the ICU, down from 136 on Wednesday.
Thursday was the first time that Iowa reported being above 600 hospitalizations. Since Monday, Iowa has reported increased hospitalization, with each day being a new record high.
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The state has been changing how it reports testing data, which has caused spikes in the rate of positive data. Before the changes, the state was consistently reporting a positivity rate, that is, the percentage of tests that were positive, below 10%. Iowa also is now counting the results of antigen tests, a relatively rapid type of coronavirus tests, that will increase the reported rates of infection in some counties.
On Thursday, the state was reporting 12.7% positive since the pandemic started. Iowa's 14-day average was 11.8% positive, according to the state.
These were the Iowa counties that had 14-day averages above 15%:
- Cass (22.1%);
- Delaware (21.8%);
- O'Brien (21.5%);
- Harrison (21.0%);
- Osceola (20.3%);
- Jackson (19.8%);
- Plymouth (19.4%)
- Sioux (19.0%);
- Carroll (18.2%);
- Winnebago (17.8%);
- Taylor (17.7%);
- Fremont (17.3%);
- Humboldt (16.9%);
- Davis (16.6%);
- Woodbury (16.4%);
- Dubuque (16.0%);
- Adams (15.9%);
- Adair (15.5%);
- Lyon (15.4%)
- Des Moines (15.3%);
- Mahaska (15.3%);
- Dickinson (15.3%);
- Webster (15.1%);
- Cedar (15.0%);
- Van Buren (15.1%).
Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered that at least 50% of instruction at Iowa schools must be held in person. For K-12 schools to be considered for a state waiver allowing for online-only instruction, districts must have an 10% absentee rate and the county they are located in must have a 14-day coronavirus average of at least 15%.
The Des Moines Register uses data from the Iowa Department of Public Health to report daily totals of Iowans tested for the coronavirus and Iowans who have tested positive for the virus, as of 10 a.m. each day. Since the pandemic began in spring, the state has made changes and corrections to how it reports that data and the data does not always agree with numbers reported from other sources.
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