September 19, 2021

IDPH reports largest 24-hour increase in COVID-19 total cases

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health on Thursday reported the largest single-day increase in the state since the pandemic began with 1,475 new COVID-19 cases and 18 additional deaths.

The IDPH reported 59,368 total cases, 45,362 recoveries and 1,079 deaths as of 10 a.m. Thursday. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, IDPH had reported 57,893 positive cases and 1,061 deaths.

As of Thursday’s report, 614,995 Iowans been tested for the virus. There were 7,132 lab results reported to the state in the previous day, with 921 positive results. Results sent to the state over previous days add to the overall total. IDPH reported an 8.9% positivity rate over the last 14 days. One of 5 Iowans have been tested for COVID-19 and one of 53 have tested positive.

Counties with a positivity rate greater than 15% over the past 14 days include Plymouth, Howard, Sioux, Johnson, Clinton, Carroll, Marion and Lee. The 15% threshold triggers considerations for public schools to change to online learning.

Currently, there are 305 Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19, a decrease from 313 ht previous day. Of those, 99 patients were reported to be in intensive care, down from 102 Wednesday. Forty-four patients are on ventilators, up from 40 the previous day. It was reported that 39 patents were admitted in the last 24-hours of the report.

IDPH reported approximately 2,920 inpatient beds available in the state, with 452 ICU beds and 810 ventilators available.

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