Daily COVID-19 Deaths in Iowa Spike, Mostly From Long Term Care Centers

DES MOINES, Iowa - There are 18 new deaths from COVID-19 in Iowa and 701 additional positive cases of the virus as of Thursday at 10 a.m.

Long term care centers account for 13 of the 18 deaths reported. The daily death totals have otherwise been mostly been in the single digits.

There are 36,643 total cases, as 6,883 tests were conducted Wednesday. The positive test rate is currently 6.8 percent.

There have been a total of 777 deaths statewide. Daily reported deaths and hospitalizations have generally been falling over the past several weeks, with daily totals in single-digits. Thursday is an outlier with the 13 that have been reported.

Iowa officials have acknowledged a rise in cases among adults age 18-40.

A total of 391,63 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Iowa, and one-in-8 Iowans has been tested.

There have been 27,352 recoveries from the virus in the state. Governor Reynolds announced several weeks ago that the metrics for determining recoveries was changed. Because of the change, the recovery rate jumped from 62 percent to roughly 80 percent .

The state is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 15 long term care centers, up one from Wednesday. Long term center outbreaks have dropped sharply from as much as 36 in recent months. There have been 412 long term care center deaths, accounting for 53 percent of the state total.

There are 195 hospitalizations from the virus. There are 65 ICU patients with 34 on ventilators.

The numbers for the state only represent COVID-19 figures compiled by the Iowa.

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