New cases increase as state reaches 500,000 total – Community News

New cases increase as state reaches 500,000 total

More than half a million Iowans have contracted COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to data released Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The 9,067 new cases reported this week brought the state’s total to 500,119 individual Iowans who have tested positive for the disease since it first entered the state last year. That means the coronavirus has infected about one in six Iowans in the past two years.

The number of cases in Iowa looks set to continue growing for the foreseeable future as the state reported an increase in new reported cases for the third week in a row. This week’s average of 1,295 new reported cases per day was 19% higher than the previous week.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations, which had declined each of the previous four weeks, also increased, according to Wednesday’s data. There were 524 Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19, including 113 in intensive care and 52 on ventilators. More than 70% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 had not been fully vaccinated against the disease, including 85% of those in the ICU.

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