Iowa COVID-19 hospital admissions continue to decline in the weekly update
Iowa COVID-19 hospital admissions continue to decline in the weekly update

Iowa COVID-19 hospital admissions continue to decline in the weekly update

The COVID-19 pandemic in Iowa entered March by continuing its downward trajectory, according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Department of Health and Human Services reported 202 patients currently in Iowa hospitals with COVID-19, a decrease of more than 40% since last week and a decrease of 80% since the state’s most recent peak of 1,010 patients in the middle of January.

Of these patients, 31 are currently in intensive care units – a modest drop from 38 last week.

The Iowa Department of Public Health appeared to be adding lagging data from farther back than usual to its summarized totals of cases this week, resulting in an unusually high number of new reported cases.

The health department added 6,809 cases in Wednesday’s update, but reported only 2,503 new positive tests over the past seven days. While it it takes some time for a positive test to be added to the public dashboard – meaning that the number of new positive tests from the last seven days is specifically likely to be higher than 2,503 – a review of state data showed that an unusually high number of positives from 2020 and 2021 were added this week.


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