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Iowa’s recent COVID-19 hospitalizations set a new record

BY: - October 5, 2020

Already ranked among the states with the worst infection rates, Iowa now has reached its highest-ever rate of new COVID-19 hospitalizations. The rolling count of new COVID-19 hospital admissions in Iowa, as calculated by the state over a two-week period, hit 775 on Sunday. That was just five days after reaching what was then an […]

White House calls for action in ‘red zone’ Iowa as Reynolds relaxes COVID-19 guidelines

BY: - September 30, 2020

As Iowa moves to relax its quarantine guidelines in defiance of CDC guidelines, the White House Coronavirus Task Force is warning that the state remains in the “red zone” for new cases of COVID-19. Red-zone states have had at least 101 new cases per 100,000 population. Iowa had 197 new cases per 100,000 population last […]

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Iowa’s COVID-19 hospitalizations climb to their highest level since May

BY: - September 28, 2020

The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 is continuing to trend upward and has reached its highest level since late May. The upward trend in hospitalizations began about 10 days ago. On Monday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported there were 353 Iowans hospitalized with the virus — the highest number since May 29, […]

As ISU plans to host 15,000 football fans, new COVID-19 infections soar in Iowa

BY: - September 24, 2020

As Iowa State University announced plans Thursday to play a football game before 15,000 fans in Ames, the state’s single-day tally of new COVID-19 infections soared to 1,282. Wednesday’s daily total of new infections is roughly double the number of new infections reported each of the previous three days. Since the beginning of the pandemic, […]

Reynolds extends COVID-19 proclamation, again imposing no mask mandate

BY: - September 18, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation Friday extending her Public Health Disaster Emergency declaration and keeping bars closed in two counties for another 30 days. As with past proclamations, Reynolds is not imposing a mandate for face masks to be worn in public, despite a recent White House recommendation that she do so […]

Fourteen more COVID-19 deaths in ‘red zone’ Iowa, as nursing home outbreaks grow

BY: - September 17, 2020

Fourteen more Iowans reportedly died of COVID-19 on Wednesday, while the number of new infections hit 958. Wednesday’s death toll was the highest since Sept. 9, when the state recorded 19 COVID-19 deaths, and the number of new infections was the highest since Sept. 4. The White House said earlier this week that Iowa remains […]

County asks for state investigation of Iowa nursing home with COVID-19 outbreak

BY: - August 18, 2020

Western Iowa health officials are asking state inspectors to investigate a nursing home with 51 COVID-19 infections of staff and residents. Earlier this month, Pottawattamie County Public Health asked the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals to send its care-facility inspectors into the Oakland Manor nursing home. County health officials told television station WOWT they […]

Report: State official admits Iowa is under-reporting daily COVID-19 infections

BY: - August 17, 2020

After months of declining to answer reporters’ questions about the accuracy of its COVID-19 data, the Iowa Department of Public Health has reportedly confirmed that it is improperly backdating thousands of positive COVID-19 test results. The backdating has resulted in a lower number of new infections reported by the state each day. Bleeding Heartland reported […]

On average, Iowa’s COVID-19 infections are up 7% from last week

BY: - August 17, 2020

Another 1,175 Iowans were reported to be infected with coronavirus over the weekend and three additional Iowans were reported as having died of the virus. Over the past seven days, Iowa had an average of 504 new cases of COVID-19 per day — an increase of 7% from last week’s average of 466 cases per […]

430 more Iowans infected with COVID-19, with hospitalizations inching upward

BY: - August 3, 2020

Another 430 Iowans were reported to be infected with coronavirus on Sunday, and four Iowans were reported as having died of the virus. As of Monday morning, there have been at least 45,781 cases and 878 deaths in Iowa since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a New York Times database. Over the past […]

Eleven more Iowans die of COVID-19, with another 662 infected

BY: - July 31, 2020

Another 662 Iowans were infected with coronavirus on Thursday, and 11 Iowans were reported as having died of the virus. Over the past seven days, there has been an average of 498 new cases per day in Iowa, a decrease of 15% from the average two weeks ago, according to the New York Times’ database. […]

At least 85 residents and workers at state-run facilities have tested positive for COVID-19

BY: - July 28, 2020

At least 85 residents and workers at state-run care facilities have tested positive for COVID-19. The Iowa Department of Human Services said 34 residents and 51 staffers at the six facilities have tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those, 22 of the residents and 34 of the staffers have recovered. The first […]