Iowa’s COVID infections and hospitalizations reach their highest level since 2020
Iowa Capitol Dispatch, Clark KauffmanSeptember 22, 2021 (Medium)

COVID-19 continues to spread in Iowa, with the average number of new infections and hospitalizations reaching their highest level of any time in 2021.

Only 13 other states have a higher per capita infection rate, according to the Washington Post. The newspaper’s COVID-19 tracker indicates Iowa is averaging 55 new cases each day for every 100,000 residents. Alaska has the nation’s highest daily average, at 117 new cases per 100,000 residents, while Connecticut has the lowest daily average at just 19 new cases per 100,000 residents.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that there are 29 Iowa nursing homes in which there is a current, active outbreak involving three or more staff and/or residents. The agency’s web site no longer identifies the nursing homes where outbreaks are active, and no longer provides a count of the infections in each facility. IDPH officials did not respond to a written request for that information on Tuesday.

Setting aside the per capita calculations of infections, Iowa’s statewide daily average of newly reported COVID-19 cases was 1,811 on Tuesday, according to New York Times data. That number represents an average of the total number of new cases reported each day in Iowa during the last week.

Iowa’s daily COVID cases up nearly 1,700% since late June
Iowa Capitol Dispatch, PERRY BEEMANSeptember 3, 2021 (Short)

The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Iowa has risen 1,698% since late June, New York Times data show.

On June 25, that figure stood at 66 cases a day. The state was averaging 1,187 cases a day, as of Thursday.

The Times reported Iowa’s daily average for new cases rose 46% in the past two weeks. Hospitalizations increased by 29%, to 618 on Thursday. The state is averaging six COVID-related deaths a day.

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