DES MOINES, Iowa —
Iowa’s COVID-19 positivity rates continue to decline, and fewer Iowa counties report a rate greater than 15% Friday.
The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 1,347 new positive COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths. As of 10 a.m., the health department reported 302,789 total positive cases, 263,833 total recoveries and 4,257 total deaths since the start of the pandemic. The health department reported 301,442 total cases and 4,251 total deaths a day earlier.
Iowa’s 14-day positivity rate declined from 13.6% to 13.2% in the last 24 hours. The 7-day rate declined from 9.7% to 9.4%. The state reports 1,414,800 Iowans have been tested for the virus, while 3,343,502 tests have been administered.
The number of Iowa’s 99 counties reporting a 14-day positivity rate greater than 15% dropped from 45 to 36. There are eight counties reporting a rate higher than 20%, including Monroe County, which has now dipped below 30% for the first time in weeks at 29.9%
Iowa’s COVID-19 hospitalization numbers declined once again after showing a slight increase Thursday. There are now 513 Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19, down from 532 a day earlier. Hospitalizations have shown steady overall declines since a peak in November. There were 88 patients admitted in the last 24 hours, up from 86 the previous day. There are 91 patients in intensive care and 35 patients on ventilators.
The number of Iowa’s long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 outbreaks declined from 85 to 81 in the last 24 hours. The state reports 1,857 positive cases and 874 recoveries among residents and staff. There have been 1,729 deaths in Iowa’s long-term care facilities.
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday that the TestIowa sites in Des Moines and Council Bluffs would be closed Friday due to the snowstorm. The governor’s office also reminded citizens that TestIowa sites and the State Hygienic Lab will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
This means some locations will be closed for testing for four days between Friday and Monday. The Iowa Department of Public Health said there would be some delays in results due to the closures on Friday and Monday.
The Iowa Department of Public Health displays COVID-19 information in real time on this website dashboard. KCCI publishes a summary of the data each day at 10 a.m.