The average number of new COVID-19 infections in Iowa is up 55% in the past week, and the state now has one of the country’s worst positivity rates for the virus.
According to the Washington Post’s COVID-19 tracker, 16% of Iowans tested for COVID-19 in the past seven days tested positive for the virus. Nationally, the average percentage of people who test positive is half that of Iowa, at 8%, although the number of tests per capita taken nationally and in Iowa is similar.
As things stand, only the states of Michigan, Indiana, and New Mexico have a higher positivity rate than the state of Iowa.
The Post’s data also shows that of the 50 states, Iowa currently has the 12. of the country hase highest average of new infections reported daily: 60 new infections per day for every 100,000 inhabitants – compared to the national average of 36 new cases per day for every 100,000 inhabitants.
Also, the seven-day average of new infections reported each day in Iowa is 55% higher this week than the week before. Twenty other states saw bigger increases over the same period, including neighboring Missouri, which rose 77%, and Illinois, which saw a 71% increase. Infections in Nebraska were up 41% in the past week; Minnesota up 32%; and Wisconsin fell by 24%.
Currently, the Iowa counties with the highest infection rates are Buena Vista County, Henry County, Wright County, Winnebago County, and Crawford County.
Hospital admissions rose slightly in Iowa, up 2% from the previous week. For every 100,000 Iowans, there are now 24 hospitalized with COVID-19 — which is a significantly higher rate of hospitalization than the national average of 18 per 100,000 population.
According to the New York Times, hospital admissions in Iowa are now higher than at any time since December 18, 2020. The seven-day average of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iowa now stands at 749 — the highest level for the year, and more than five times the seven-day average reported in June.
In terms of vaccines, 57% of Iowa’s population is fully vaccinated, compared to the national average of 60%.