More than 100 long-term care facilities have COVID-19 outbreaks as Iowa's coronavirus cases surge
More than 100 long-term care facilities in Iowa have COVID-19 outbreaks as the coronavirus rages across the state.
On Tuesday, the state was reporting 102 COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities. A long-term care facility is considered to have an outbreak if three or more residents or staff members have tested positive.
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Of the state's deaths, 900 were related to long-term care facilities. Overall, almost 90% of the state's deaths have been among people 61 or older.
The daily numbers
The latest data as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, compared to 10 a.m. Monday:
- Confirmed cases: 161,257, an increase of 4,443.
- Deaths: 1,872, an increase of 27.
- Hospitalizations: 1,135, up from 1,034.
- Patients in ICU: 196, up from 184.
- Patients on ventilators: 89, up from 82.
- Total tested: 1,049,807.
- Total recovered: 102,914.
The state was reporting at 10 a.m. Tuesday that there are 161,257 confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase of 4,443 since 10 a.m. Monday.
Of the people who have tested positive, 102,914 have recovered, according to the state. The total number of people tested is 1,049,807.
On Monday, 1,135 people were hospitalized in Iowa, up from 1,034 the day prior. From Sunday to Monday, 166 patients were admitted.
Also, there were 196 patients in the ICU, up from 184 the day prior. There were 89 patients on ventilators, up from 82 the day prior.
The state updates its website each evening with that day's hospitalization data.
On Tuesday, the state was reporting15.4% positive since the pandemic started. Iowa's 14-day average was 20.7% positive, according to the state.
Of Iowa's 99 counties, 90 had a 14-day positivity rate above 15% on Tuesday. Another eight counties were reporting between 10% and 15%. Only Ringgold County, in southwest Iowa, was reporting below 10%. Polk County, the state's most populous, was at 17.6%.
The state calculates the positivity rate by dividing the number of individuals who tested positive over the past 14 days by the total number of individuals who were tested in total over those 14 days.
Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered that at least 50% of instruction at Iowa schools must be held in person. For K-12 schools to be considered for a state waiver allowing for online-only instruction, districts must have an 10% absentee rate and the county they are located in must have a 14-day coronavirus average of at least 15%.
The Des Moines Register uses data from the Iowa Department of Public Health to report daily totals of Iowans tested for the coronavirus and Iowans who have tested positive for the virus, as of 10 a.m. each day. Since the pandemic began in spring, the state has made changes and corrections to how it reports that data and the data does not always agree with numbers reported from other sources.
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