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More deaths in Iowa from COVID-19 reported over last 7 days than any other 7-day period

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Published: Nov. 14, 2020 at 11:01 AM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - 143 deaths from COVID-19 have been added to Iowa’s total over the last seven days, a number higher than any other seven-day stretch of the ongoing pandemic, as cases and hospitalizations continue to surge.

As of 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, the Iowa Department of Public Health said that an additional 4,830 cases of COVID-19 were added to the state’s total since the same time on Friday, making the total since the pandemic began 180,253. 107,540 people are considered recovered from the disease.

An additional 25 deaths were added to the state’s total in the last 24 hours. This is the sixth-highest total number of deaths in a 24-hour reporting period since the pandemic began, with three of the top five numbers taking place in the last week. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the state is now 1,972.

1,261 people are hospitalized in Iowa due to the disease, a new record high and a net increase of 34 patients since the last reported total. 246 of those patients are in intensive care units, a new record high and a net increase of six. 107 are on ventilators, steady since Friday’s report and just below May 7′s record of 109. 217 patients were newly admitted in the last 24 hours.

We are not reporting the number of tests conducted or the positivity rate because of recent revelations that the state doesn’t make all testing data available to the public, which can skew the positivity rate.

The public doesn’t have access to more complete data with the number of tests administered and the results of all those tests. That’s because right now, about 40 percent of people getting COVID-19 tests have been tested before, according to Paul Trombino, Gov. Kim Reynolds' chief operating officer and the interim director of the Department of Administrative Services.

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