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State reports 35 additional COVID-19 deaths, 598 more cases

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, 365,491 tests have come back positive for COVID-19 since March 7, 2020. A total of 338,162 Iowans have tested positive.

IOWA, USA — For a list of TestIowa sites, click here. The above video is from Feb. 20.

Local 5 previously updated data at 9 a.m. each day, but has adjusted the schedule to 10 a.m. based on the state's online reporting time.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The state has added more than 2.4 million test results to its website as of Saturday, Feb. 20. The state announced changes would be made to data reporting on Wednesday. 

The Iowa Department of Public Health told Local 5 that 10,000 people were in the backlog of negative tests being added to the state. However, many of those individuals have been tested more than once. 

State overview

24-hour totals (March 3 at 10 a.m. to March 4 at 10 a.m.)

  • 16,963 tests processed
    • 598 positive tests confirmed
  • 3.53% positivity rate 
  • 35 deaths

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, 365,491 tests have come back positive for COVID-19 since March 7, 2020. 

A total of 338,162 Iowans have tested positive. This number was found by adding PCR individuals positive (281,328) to antigen individuals positive (56,834) on the "Positive Case Analysis" dashboard.  

These numbers differ since many Iowans have been tested more than once. 

The 7-day positivity rate is 4.0% and the 14-day positivity rate is 4.2%.

Remember: The positivity rates will be low since the state added more negative test results to the website

More than 4.1 million tests have been administered in the state, including PCR and antigen tests. 

5,536 Iowans have died—an increase of 35 the past 24 hours.

By pulling the summary spreadsheet from the state's website, Local 5 found 318,574 Iowans are considered to be recovered from the virus. 

NOTE: As of June 30, 2020, IDPH classifies anyone not hospitalized or deceased after 28 days to be "recovered."

742,386 total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state. A total of 715,176 have been administered to Iowans. 

Initial doses of the vaccine have been administered to 350,218 people in Iowa, but only 196,084 individuals have completed the series. These numbers don't add up because they are individuals who have received the vaccine, not doses administered. 

Two doses must be administered for an individual to be counted as fully vaccinated. 

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Hospitalizations

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, hospitalizations in Iowa are at 184, a 24-hour decrease of seven.

The record for most hospitalizations was recorded on Wednesday, Nov. 18 with 1,527. 

The website says 30 patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours, 39 are in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 11 are on ventilators. A total of 968 ventilators are available. 

The website says 36.54% of inpatient beds are available in the state and 427 ICU beds are available. 

The state website updates hospitalizations numbers nightly. 

Long-term care facilities

In total, 12 long-term care facilities are currently experiencing an outbreak, with total resident and staff cases at 179, a 24-hour increase of one case.

Resident deaths are at 2,187 (an increase of six in the past 24 hours) and recoveries are at 90.

The state recently said they will use both "contributing factor" and "underlying cause" when calculating deaths.

Long-term care facilities are removed from being on the outbreak list when no new cases are detected in 28 days. All data, excluding deaths, on the long-term care dashboard are an active number, not a running total, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

IDPH announced that several changes to the state website and how LTC data would be reported would start Friday, Jan. 8:

  • Previous reporting: The reporting method for the LTC dashboard included old positive cases in an LTC facility for previous outbreak status.
    • Example: If an LTC was in an outbreak status in April and then again in January, the positive case counts were captured for both outbreaks in the overall positive counts.
    • New reporting: The number now only reflects positive cases associated with the current outbreak.
  • Previous reporting: The reporting method for the LTC dashboard included old recovered cases in LTC for previous outbreak status.
    • Example: If an LTC was in an outbreak status in April and then again in January the recovered case counts were also captured for both outbreaks in the overall recovered counts.
    • New reporting: The number now only reflects positive cases associated with the current outbreak.

State-run facilities

As of noon Wednesday, 520 staff members at Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) facilities and 346 patients have tested positive for the virus. 

Of those cases, 519 staff and 343 patients are considered to be recovered.

DHS reported the death of a second resident due to virus complications on Jan. 7.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased," the agency said in a release on its website.

The document below details outbreaks at each facility and how DHS has responded to the pandemic in real-time. It also includes individuals that are considered to be recovered. 

RELATED: Iowa will now include antigen test results in COVID-19 data despite tests being less accurate

COVID-19 in central Iowa counties as of 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 4:

Here's a quick look at central Iowa data by county from the coronavirus website:

Boone

  • 38,611 total tests
    • 2,607 total positive 
    • 36,004 negative
  • 2,287 recovered
  • 30 reported deaths

Dallas

  • 110,538 total tests
    • 11,415 total positive
    • 99,123 negative
  • 9,435 recovered
  • 92 reported deaths 

Jasper

  • 43,884 total tests
    • 4,185 total positive
    • 39,699 negative
  • 3,425 recovered
  • 67 reported deaths

Madison 

  • 17,388 total tests
    • 1,552 positive
    • 15,836 negative
  • 1,323 recovered
  • 18 reported deaths

Marion

  • 35,333 total tests
    • 3,596 total positive
    • 31,737 negative
  • 3,186 recovered
  • 70 reported deaths

Marshall

  • 71,155 total tests
    • 4,980 total positive
    • 66,175 negative
  • 4,392 recovered
  • 73 reported deaths

Polk

  • 583,854 total tests
    • 58,395 total positive
    • 525,459 negative
  • 48,327 recovered
  • 558 reported deaths 

Story

  • 140,624 total tests
    • 10,274 total positive
    • 130,350 negative
  • 9,092 recovered
  • 45 reported deaths

Warren

  • 64,404 total tests
    • 5,572 total positive
    • 58,832 negative
  • 4,778 recovered
  • 76 reported deaths

Counties with the most positive tests as of 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 4:

  • Polk — 58,395
  • Linn — 20,691
  • Scott — 18,341
  • Black Hawk — 16,294
  • Woodbury — 15,001

Counties with the least positive tests as of 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 4:

  • Adams — 325
  • Audubon — 490
  • Wayne — 495
  • Ringgold — 525
  • Van Buren — 560

There are 991 positive tests pending investigation as of this update.

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Deaths from COVID-19

Testing trends

The coronavirus website now has a dashboard detailing serology testing as well.

Here's a look at the TestIowa assessments taken:

Long-term care facilities

The long-term care dashboard now includes more information about outbreaks across the state. Iowans can now see positive cases among symptomatic and asymptomatic residents as well as positive cases over time.

Regional Medical Coordination Center Data (RMCC)

Regional Medical Coordination Center data is also available for Iowans to view. 

This is where you can find the total number of hospitalized patients and the breakdown of patients in ICU, on ventilators and how many have been admitted into a hospital in the last 24 hours.

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