COVID-19 testing

Reynolds: COVID-19 vaccines are, ‘in a sense,’ already accessible to all Iowans

BY: - March 10, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds declined Wednesday to speculate as to when all Iowans will be designated eligible for a coronavirus vaccine, but said that “in a sense” that has already happened given the number of Iowans who can at least claim to be eligible. Reynolds comments came during a news conference at Iowa PBS. Reynolds was […]

Reynolds attributes Iowa’s low ranking in second doses to a reporting error

BY: - March 3, 2021

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday Iowa’s low ranking among the states in delivering two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine is largely due to a reporting error. Last week, Reynolds was asked why Iowa was so slow, relative to other states, in getting two doses of the vaccine administered to residents. At the time, she […]

Iowa still among the slowest of states in delivering two shots of COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - February 23, 2021

Iowa is continuing to accelerate the process of administering the COVID-19 vaccine, but it still is playing catch-up to other states. When it comes to the percentage of a state’s population that has received two shots of the vaccine, Iowa ranks near the bottom, at 4.8%. Among the states, only Utah, Alabama and Illinois rank […]

Iowa poised to change its method of calculating virus positivity rates

BY: - February 18, 2021

The Iowa Department of Public Health is changing the way it calculates and reports the state’s coronavirus positivity rate. The net effect of that change will be a lower positivity rate as the state factors in a greater number of negative tests tied to individuals who, because of their jobs or other factors, take the […]

Added COVID-19 testing on the way with $1.6B from the Biden administration

BY: - February 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is directing $1.6 billion to bolster COVID-19 testing nationally, including money to expand testing in schools and homeless shelters, boost supplies needed for testing, and analyze results to more quickly identify new strains of the virus. Roughly $650 million of the sum would go toward creating regional coordinating centers, which will […]

Iowa gaining ground, with 11% of population receiving at least one vaccine shot

BY: - February 15, 2021

Iowa is continuing to make strides in its rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, and is now outpacing many other states in administering the shots it has been allocated and received. As of Monday afternoon, Iowa had administered at least 364,150 first doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number that equals 63.7% […]

Iowa accelerates its vaccine rollout, but only Alabama is moving slower

BY: - February 8, 2021

Iowa is making strides in the administration of coronavirus vaccines, but it continues to rank among the states with the slowest rollout. As of Monday, 510,550 vaccine doses had been delivered to the state of Iowa, but only 345,350 shots, or 67% of the available vaccines, had been administered to people. That represents a significant […]

Iowa lags behind 47 other states in administering vaccines

BY: - February 5, 2021

Iowa continues to rank among the states with the slowest COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The latest data from both the New York Times and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates Iowa has delivered at least one dose of the vaccine to just 6.5% of its population. Among the 50 states, only Missouri and Idaho, both […]

Iowa’s testing lags behind other states, while positivity rate remains high

BY: - February 2, 2021

Iowa still has a lower rate of testing for COVID-19 than any other state, while the positivity rate among those tested continues to be among the highest in the nation. Iowa’s rate of COVID-19 infections continues to drop, meanwhile, with the state reporting an additional 779 infections for Monday, along with five additional deaths. Over […]

Half of Iowa care facility workers refuse vaccination, creating a stockpile of unused vaccine

BY: - January 27, 2021

With half the state’s nursing home workers having refused the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Kim Reynolds declined to say Wednesday whether employees at state-run care facilities should be required to get the vaccine. The head of the Iowa Department of Public Health said she wants to make sure state workers caring for elderly and disabled individuals […]

More than 40% of Iowa Veterans Home workers are refusing COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - January 26, 2021

The leader of the Iowa Veterans Home says that despite participating in “educational seminars” on the COVID-19 vaccine, more than 40% of the nursing facility’s workers are still refusing the vaccine. Many of the workers at the state-run facility are state-licensed or state-certified health care providers tasked with caring for an elderly population for whom […]

Iowa reclaims its title as the state with the lowest rate of COVID-19 testing

BY: - January 25, 2021

The Washington Post reported Monday that Iowa has reclaimed its status as the state with the lowest rate of testing in the nation. On a per capita basis, Iowa currently ranks last in testing among the 50 states, administering 586 tests for every 100,000 residents over the past seven days, according to the Post’s database. Only […]