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COVID-19 in Iowa: State confirms 1 death, 348 cases in past 24 hours

The Iowa Department of Public Health says 683,813 total vaccine doses have been administered as of Sunday morning. This includes first and second doses.

IOWA, USA — For a list of TestIowa sites, click here. The above video is from Feb. 20.

Local 5 previously updated data at 9 a.m. each day, but has adjusted the schedule to 10 a.m. based on the state's online reporting time.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The state has added more than 2.4 million test results to its website as of Saturday, Feb. 20. The state announced changes would be made to data reporting on Wednesday. 

The Iowa Department of Public Health told Local 5 that 10,000 people were in the backlog of negative tests being added to the state. However, many of those individuals have been tested more than once. 

State overview

24-hour totals (Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. to Feb. 28 at 10 a.m.)

  • 6,629 tests processed
    • 348 positive tests confirmed
  • 5.24% positivity rate 
  • 1 death

As of 10 a.m. Sunday, 363,469 tests have come back positive for COVID-19 since March 7, 2020. A total of 336,311 Iowans have tested positive. 

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

The 7-day positivity rate is 4.2% and the 14-day test positivity rate is 4.1%

Remember: The positivity rates will be low since the state added more negative test results to the website

More than 4.04 million tests have been administered in the state, including PCR and antigen tests. 

5,471 Iowans have died—an increase of one the past 24 hours.

By pulling the summary spreadsheet from the state's website, Local 5 found 315,134 Iowans are considered to be recovered from the virus. 

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

683,813 total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state. A total of 658,639 have been administered to Iowans. 

Initial doses of the vaccine have been administered to 344,579 people in Iowa, but only 169,617 individuals have completed the series. These numbers don't add up because they are individuals who have received the vaccine, not doses administered. 

Two doses must be administered for an individual to be counted as fully vaccinated. 

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As of 10 a.m. Sunday, hospitalizations in Iowa are at 196, a 24-hour increase of 15.

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

The website says 39 patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours, 50 are in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 19 are on ventilators. A total of 952 ventilators are available. 

The website says 39.89% of inpatient beds are available in the state and 402 ICU beds are available. 

The state website updates hospitalizations numbers nightly. 

Long-term care facilities

In total, 19 long-term care facilities are currently experiencing an outbreak, with total resident and staff cases at 518, a 24-hour increase of one facility and 50 cases.

Resident deaths are at 2,168 (24-hour increase of one) and recoveries are at 364.

The state recently said they will use both "contributing factor" and "underlying cause" when calculating deaths.

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

IDPH announced that several changes to the state website and how LTC data would be reported would start Friday, Jan. 8:

  • Previous reporting: The reporting method for the LTC dashboard included old positive cases in an LTC facility for previous outbreak status.
    • Example: If an LTC was in an outbreak status in April and then again in January, the positive case counts were captured for both outbreaks in the overall positive counts.
    • New reporting: The number now only reflects positive cases associated with the current outbreak.
  • Previous reporting: The reporting method for the LTC dashboard included old recovered cases in LTC for previous outbreak status.
    • Example: If an LTC was in an outbreak status in April and then again in January the recovered case counts were also captured for both outbreaks in the overall recovered counts.
    • New reporting: The number now only reflects positive cases associated with the current outbreak.

State-run facilities

As of noon Friday, 519 staff members at Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) facilities and 346 patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Of those cases, 516 staff and 343 patients are considered to be recovered.

DHS reported the death of a second resident due to virus complications on Jan. 7.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased," the agency said in a release on its website.

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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COVID-19 in central Iowa counties as of 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28:

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


  • 38,037 total tests
    • 2,589 total positive 
    • 35,448 negative
  • 2,261 recovered
  • 30 reported deaths


  • 109,076 total tests
    • 11,325 total positive
    • 97,751 negative
  • 9,290 recovered
  • 90 reported deaths 


  • 43,147 total tests
    • 4,161 total positive
    • 38,986 negative
  • 3,388 recovered
  • 66 reported deaths


  • 17,142 total tests
    • 1,542 positive
    • 15,600 negative
  • 1,297 recovered
  • 18 reported deaths


  • 34,888 total tests
    • 3,583 total positive
    • 31,305 negative
  • 3,145 recovered
  • 69 reported deaths


  • 69,958 total tests
    • 4,953 total positive
    • 65,005 negative
  • 4,333 recovered
  • 72 reported deaths


  • 575,746 total tests
    • 58,014 total positive
    • 517,732 negative
  • 47,611 recovered
  • 549 reported deaths 


  • 138,436 total tests
    • 10,189 total positive
    • 128,247 negative
  • 8,984 recovered
  • 45 reported deaths


  • 63,403 total tests
    • 5,534 total positive
    • 57,869 negative
  • 4,708 recovered
  • 74 reported deaths

Counties with the most positive tests as of 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28:

  • Polk — 58,014
  • Linn — 20,608
  • Scott — 18,277
  • Black Hawk — 16,223
  • Woodbury — 14,934

Counties with the least positive tests as of 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28:

  • Adams — 326
  • Audubon — 486
  • Wayne — 487
  • Ringgold — 518
  • Van Buren — 561

There are 985 positive tests pending investigation as of this update.


Deaths from COVID-19

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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