DES MOINES, Iowa —
Iowa has surpassed 4,400 COVID-19 deaths but positivity rates continue to show signs of improvement.
The Iowa Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 1,708 new positive COVID-19 cases and 51 additional deaths.
As of 10 a.m., the health department reported 309,277 total positive cases, 271,950 total recoveries and 4,445 total deaths since the start of the pandemic. Twenty-four hours earlier, the health department reported 307,569 total cases and 4,395 total deaths.
Iowa’s positivity rates continue to move in the right direction. The state reports a 14-day positivity rate of 11.3%, down from 11.6% a day earlier. The 7-day positivity rate remains at 8.5% The health department reports 1,435,645 Iowans have been tested for COVID-19, with 3,443,194 tests administered.
Twelve of Iowa’s 99 counties report a 14-day positivity rate at 15% or higher. That’s down from 18 the previous day. Only three counties report a rate higher than 20%, with Kossuth County leading the state at 25.4%. Thirty-five counties report a rate lower than 10%.
Iowa Department of Public Health hospitalization data does not appear to have updated in the last 24 hours on the state’s website.
The number of Iowa’s long-term care facilities reporting virus outbreaks remains at 71. The state reports 1,927 positive cases and 1,075 recoveries among residents and staff within those facilities. There have been 1,810 deaths reported in Iowa’s long-term care facilities.
The Iowa Department of Public Health offers COVID-19 data in real-time on this website dashboard. KCCI publishes a daily summary of the data at 10 a.m.
Gov. Kim Reynolds will host a COVID-19 news conference Thursday. It will be her first news conference addressing virus concerns since Dec. 22.
You can watch the news conference at 11:10 a.m. on KCCI-TV, the KCCI Breaking News and Weather App, KCCI.com or the KCCI Facebook page.