COVID cases decline with state poised to reduce reporting

By: - March 29, 2023 12:43 pm

Wednesday was the last expected update to the state's COVID-19 reporting dashboard. (Image by Fotograzia/Getty Images)

State health officials are expected to switch away from an online dashboard to display COVID-19 data at the end of this week, which was the third in a row to have declining new reported infections for Iowa.

That reporting change — along with eliminating a requirement for clinical labs to report confirmed infections by the coronavirus — was announced in February and is set to take effect April 1.

The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services plans to include COVID-19 data in its weekly respiratory virus surveillance report. It’s unclear how much information about the virus will appear in that report, which contains a wide array of data about influenza but lesser info about other respiratory pathogens such as cold viruses and RSV.

The switch might also delay COVID-19 reporting: The state’s final report Wednesday on the dashboard includes testing data for the previous seven days, whereas the most-recent respiratory surveillance report included data that was more than a week old.

The dashboard report on Wednesday included 1,515 new confirmed COVID-19 infections among people who were not previously infected during the pandemic. That was a 10% decrease from the previous week.

HHS also reported a total of 2,145 positive tests, which includes reinfections. That was a 5% decrease.

Hospitalizations were down slightly from a week ago, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of infected people receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals averaged 164 last week, a 1% decrease from the previous week.

The state also reported 28 new deaths related to COVID-19 infections for a total of 10,797 since the start of the pandemic.

The virus’ threat in Iowa is low in the vast majority of counties, according to a CDC analysis of infection and hospitalization data.

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Jared Strong
Jared Strong

Senior reporter Jared Strong has written about Iowans and the important issues that affect them for more than 15 years, previously for the Carroll Times Herald and the Des Moines Register.