CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – The number of people hospitalized due to the novel coronavirus increased somewhat, based on state data, as testing continued to lag behind more typical rates due to the New Year’s holiday.
As of 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, the Iowa Department of Public Health said that 1,121 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were added to the state’s total since the same time on Saturday, which now stands at 284,265. A total of 244,022 people are considered recovered from the disease, an increase of 804 people.
No additional people who have died from COVID-19 were added to the state’s total. 3,946 people have died due to the virus since the pandemic began.
577 people were hospitalized in Iowa due to the disease, a net increase of five people. 120 of those people are in intensive care units, a net increase of one. 52 of those patients require the use of a ventilator, a net decrease of eight. 66 people were newly-admitted to Iowa hospitals during the 24-hour reporting period, which was the lowest total number of new admissions since October 19.
An additional 2,634 people had test results reported by public and private labs over the last 24 hours, reflecting continued reduced testing numbers likely due to the holiday period. The positivity rate for this batch of tests was 42.6%, higher than the previous day’s 34.5%. The positivity rate computed using this method may differ from the number on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, due to the fact that it uses the number of people tested, not the overall number of tests including people who have been repeatedly tested.
A total of 1,364,344 people in Iowa have been tested since the start of the pandemic.
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