Iowa COVID-19 cases decline as IDPH launches new test locator

By: - October 6, 2021 4:13 pm

A medical worker holds a swab used to test for COVID-19. (Photo by Mladen Sladojevic/Getty Images)

Iowa’s daily COVID-19 cases continued to decline this week, but infections are still significantly higher than they were over the summer.

Over the past week, daily cases have fallen by 8.8%, according to the Washington post. The average number of daily cases has fallen 22% over the last two weeks, according to New York Times data.

But cases are still significantly higher than they were a few months ago. The average daily case number was 1,410 on Tuesday, according to the Times. Iowa saw daily case numbers under 100 for the entire month of June and in early July before a surge in the early fall.

Hospitalizations remain steady from last week. The state reported 624 hospitalizations last Wednesday and 626 hospitalizations today. The number of Iowans in the ICU has fallen from 159 to 141.

State data shows that unvaccinated individuals still make up the majority of hospitalized Iowans. Of patients in the ICU, 85.6% are unvaccinated. Among all COVID-19 hospital patients, 3 in 4 are unvaccinated.

Regardless, the state’s vaccination rate has shown little progress. As of Wednesday, the Times reports that 54% of all Iowans have been vaccinated – the same number as last week.

There are two more long-term care outbreaks this week, bringing the total to 31 facilities. The Iowa Department of Public Health does not publicly report which long-term care facilities are affected by an outbreak.

IDPH opens same-day testing drop-off sites

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that Test Iowa will provide seven sites offering same-day delivery of at-home COVID tests to the State Hygienic Lab. The seven sites are located at:

  • Black Hawk County: Peoples Community Health Clinic, 905 Franklin Street, Waterloo
  • Linn County Public Health: 1020 6th Street Southeast, Cedar Rapids
  • Johnson County Public Health: 855 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City
  • Polk County Public Health: 1907 Carpenter, Des Moines
  • Pottawattamie County Public Health: 600 South 4th Street, Council Bluffs
  • Scott County Public Health: 600 W 4th Street, Davenport
  • Woodbury County, Siouxland District Health Department: 1014 Nebraska Street, Sioux City

Test results will be delivered via email. IDPH says the results “should be available” within 24 hours of the tests arriving at the State Hygienic Lab.

The Iowa Department of Public Health this week launched a COVID-19 test locator tool online. The map shows locations where Iowans can pick up and return the state’s take-home COVID tests. (The map does not show third-party testing options, like those at pharmacies or conducted through county public health organizations).

 

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Katie Akin
Katie Akin

Reporter Katie Akin began her career as an intern at PolitiFact, debunking viral fake news and fact-checking state and national politicians. She moved to Iowa in 2019 for a politics internship at the Des Moines Register, where she assisted with Iowa Caucus coverage, multimedia projects and the Register’s Iowa Poll. She became the Register’s retail reporter in early 2020, chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Iowa’s restaurants and retailers.

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