BREAKING: Iowa Covid-19 Numbers Continue To Decline, But State Remains On High Alert
BREAKING NEWS: New Iowa covid-19 numbers show a positive trend, but are still on “high alert,” with over 1,000 daily new cases for the eighth week in a row — a significant increase over summer’s 100 per day average.
October numbers for Iowa are down 23 percent from September, with hospitalizations falling 10 percent over the past two weeks. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 598 Iowans are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, with 150 patients in the UCU.
Only 55 percent of all Iowans are vaccinated, which is driving the continued spread, as most of the hospitalizations and infections are among unvaccinated individuals.
The positive trend for Iowa echoes that of Illinois, which is good news for Quad-Citians and Quad-Cities businesses hoping to avoid a shutdown as temperatures get colder and more people coagulate indoors.
Illinois Department of Public Health officials reported 2,913 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 39 related deaths today. There have been 1,660,883 total COVID cases, including 25,327 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.
TheIDPH also reported that the seven-day statewide test positivity rate from Oct. 6-12 is at 2.6 percent, and within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 105,515 specimens for a total of 33,443,341 since the pandemic
As of Tuesday night, 1,615 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 365 patients were in the ICU and 197 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
A total of 14,927,266 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of Tuesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 28,950.
COVID-19 cases across the U.S. have fallen by 21% over the last two weeks, with hospitalizations down 20 percent according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC recommends everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in areas with high or substantial community transmission. On Wednesday, all of Iowa’s 99 counties were classified as “high” transmission.
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