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Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 275,468 Iowans have tested positive, up 4,453 from our update on December 23, with a total of 1,342,807 tested. 92 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 3,745 deaths. Now 229,624 Iowans have recovered. The total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 12.1% the past 7-day average is 9.4%. The latest on hospitalizations, including how many patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours can be found here. There are currently 586 hospitalized patients.
School district statistics including positivity rates by county can be found here. According to guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Education, schools may petition to go to hybrid or online learning with less than 50 percent in-person instruction when the per county percentage positivity rates are above 15 percent in a county on average over the past 14 days (rolling average) AND 10% absenteeism among students is expected for in-person learning. School district waiver requests and whether they are granted or denied are listed here.
Currently 32 (of 99) counties are at or above a 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days. Click here to search county data for today.
Total Cases 18,909,910
Total Deaths 330,901
Total Cases 80,852,622
Total Deaths 1,766,336