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COVID hospitalizations increase along with state’s infection rate

By: - November 9, 2022 5:58 pm

The number of new infections in Iowa has held roughly steady for the past three weeks. (Image by Fotograzia/Getty Images)

State health officials on Wednesday reported 1,863 new COVID-19 cases for the past week among people who were not previously infected. That’s an increase of 2% from the week prior.

The total number of documented infections might have been as high as 2,525, an increase of 6%, according to Iowa Department of Health and Human Services testing data. The state does not include infections of people who were previously infected in the case numbers it reports to federal health officials, so it is unclear how many of those additional positive tests were separate infections.

The state also does not track the results of rapid, at-home tests, which are widely used to confirm infections.

There were 180 infected people receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That was an increase of about 12% from a week ago.

Of those hospitalized, 17 were under intensive care.

The state also reported 22 new deaths related to the virus, but it is unclear when they occurred. COVID-19 deaths in Iowa total 10,229 since the start of the pandemic.

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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. His investigative work exposing police misconduct has notched several state and national awards. He is a longtime trustee of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, which fights for open records and open government. He is a lifelong Iowan and has lived mostly in rural western parts of the state.

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