Iowa reports a record 648 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19

A coronavirus test kit. (Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control)

With the state preparing to loosen restrictions on certain types of businesses, public health officials on Saturday reported a record number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported an additional 648 confirmed cases Saturday, beating the previous high of 521 new cases reported on Friday.

Currently, there are 293 Iowans hospitalized with the virus and 1,723 Iowans are considered recovered.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the five deaths were reported in the following counties:

  • Black Hawk County: one middle-age adult (41-60 years of age)
  • Johnson County: one older adult (61-80 years of age)
  • Polk County: one older adult (61-80 years of age); one elderly adult (81 or older)
  • Scott County: one elderly adult (81 or older)

The number of positive cases in Iowa is expected to grow in the next few weeks as the state rolls out its new Test Iowa initiative and offers drive-through testing in the state’s hardest hit communities. Roughly one in 91 Iowans have already been tested, state officials said.

The Department of Public Health has released an newly revised dashboard on that will be updated daily to include comprehensive tracking of COVID-19 in Iowa. The new dashboard includes cases, deaths, and tests conducted in each county.

The state is now providing demographic information that was not previously provided as well as Iowa’s epidemiological curve.

Clark Kauffman
Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.