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.
So while the actual number of new COVID-19 cases this week is likely to be closer to 2,503, the additional 6,809 cases help paint a better picture of the pandemic in full – there have now been 754,511 COVID-19 cases reported in Iowa since March 2020.
Similarly, new COVID-19 deaths often take several weeks before being reported publicly on the Iowa Department of Public Health’s dashboard. 86 more COVID-19 deaths were reported this week, the fewest added to the dashboard in a single update this year. Some of these deaths may have occurred as far back as 2021.
The proportion of Iowans fully vaccinated rose two-tenths of a percentage point this week to 57.9%. Just under a third of the state’s population has also received a booster dose.
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The latest COVID-19s in Iowa
The latest data from kl. 12 on Wednesday 2 March compared to the previous Wednesday:
- Confirmed cases: 754,511, an increase of 6,809
- Deaths: 9,171, an increase of 86
- Percentage of fully vaccinated Iowans: 57.9%
Note: Data on total tests, positivity rate, and total recovered Iowans are no longer available on the Department of Health’s updated COVID dashboard.
How many people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Iowa?
Note: Admission data for COVID-19 is no longer available through the Iowa Department of Public Health. The data below is from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The number of patients on a respirator is no longer included.
- Admissions: 202, down from 345 a week ago
- Patients in the intensive care unit: 31, down from 38
How many people in Polk and Dallas counties have been vaccinated?
In Polk County, 65.5% of residents are fully vaccinated, an increase of 0.2 percentage points since last week.
In Dallas County, 66.2% of residents are fully vaccinated, an increase of 0.1 percentage points.
The five counties in Iowa with the highest percentage of their population fully vaccinated per. On March 2, Johnson (69.1%), Buena Vista (66.5%), Dallas (66.2%), Polk (65.5%) and Linn (64.7%) are counties. . The exact number of people fully vaccinated per county, no longer appears to be available on the state’s new dashboard.
For a county-by-county look at the vaccination rollout, see our COVID-19 vaccine trackerwhich is updated weekly.