Another 605 Iowans were reported to be infected with coronavirus on Wednesday, and 12 Iowans were reported as having died of the virus.
The number of nursing home outbreaks rose this week from 22 to 25, with 92 additional nursing home infections reported since Monday.
As of Thursday afternoon, there have been at least 47,141 cases and 907 deaths in Iowa since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the New York Times’ coronavirus tracker.
Over the past seven days, there has been an average of 459 cases per day, a decrease of 12% from the average two weeks earlier.
As usual, the New York Times’ data indicates a significantly higher daily count of infections and deaths in Iowa than the data reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health. IDPH has not responded to several questions from the Iowa Capital Dispatch about its data collection and reporting.
On Thursday afternoon, IDPH was reporting there had been 418 new infections the previous day — 187 fewer than the 605 reported by the Times. Also on Thursday, IDPH was reporting there had been two deaths on Wednesday, rather than the 12 reported by the Times.
The Times counts infections and deaths that have been identified by public health officials as “probable” coronavirus patients. Some states report only those coronavirus infections that have been confirmed through testing. The probable cases have been evaluated using criteria developed by the states and the federal government.
The number of active outbreaks in Iowa nursing homes increased to 25, an increase of three since Monday, while the number of infections associated with active outbreaks stood at 856 — representing 92 additional nursing home infections since Monday.
Between Monday and Thursday afternoon, 14 additional Iowa nursing home residents died of the virus, according to Iowa Department of Public Health data. That brings Iowa’s total number of nursing home residents who have died from COVID-19 to 487.
The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19, after dropping all of last week, increased over the weekend. On Monday, 241 Iowans were hospitalized with the virus, and by Thursday afternoon that number had dropped to 237. The number of infected Iowans admitted to a hospital during the previous 24 hours increased slightly from 27 on Monday to 28 on Thursday.