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Iowa virus cases, hospitalizations continue upward surge

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa reported nearly 3,000 new virus cases Sunday, and the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 continued to soar.

The state reported 2,823 new cases Saturday and 2,887 additional cases of the virus Sunday to give the state 130,244 cases total since the pandemic began, according to Iowa's online virus tracker. One additional death was also reported Sunday to give Iowa 1,716 deaths.

Iowa officials said 676 people were hospitalized with the virus on Sunday, up from the previous day's record of 630. Out of those hospitalized patients, 164 people were in intensive care Sunday, up from 153 on Saturday.

The state said that over the past 14 days, Iowa was averaging a 14.1% positivity rate for the virus, but 43 of Iowa's 99 counties had rates above 15% on Sunday.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Iowa increased over the past two weeks from 976 new cases per day on Oct. 17 to 1,605.86 new cases per day on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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