The Iowa Health Authorities on Wednesday reported 100 additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 6,848 since the start of the pandemic. The health department reports the additional 100 deaths happened between Aug. 17 and Oct. 13.
Iowa Health Authorities reported 6,485 positive tests in the last seven days, down from 6,812 at the last report on Monday. The state’s positivity rate declined from 8.6% to 8.3% since Monday. COVID-19 hospitalizations also continue to decline slightly. There are currently 557 patients hospitalized with the virus, down from 562 at the last report. Of those hospitalized with COVID-19, 77.2% are unvaccinated, while 79.6 of those listed in intensive care are unvaccinated.
Iowa Health Authorities report 25 long-term care facility outbreaks, down from 26 on Monday. There have been 3,600,671 vaccine doses administered in Iowa, with 67.2% of Iowans 18 and older fully vaccinated. The state reports 69.5% of Iowans 12 and older have had at least one dose. The number of Iowans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has been creeping up, and now has reached 65% of all eligible residents
Although COVID-19 numbers have been falling, public health officials continue to urge caution. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to list Iowa has an area with “high transmission.” Federal experts say people in those areas should take measures such as wearing masks when in public, indoor spaces. The most important step people can take is to be fully vaccinated against the disease