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The Test Iowa site located at Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines closed when testing concluded on Friday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m., and moved to a new location where drive-thru testing can continue throughout the winter.
The new site will be located at 4475 NE 3rd Street in Des Moines, east of the Bridgestone Firestone plant on NW 2nd Street. The location provides an enclosed structure to protect Test Iowa staff and others from winter weather conditions and still allow individuals to remain in their cars while being tested. The site will open for testing onMonday, Oct.26 at 8 a.m.
A second site in Des Moines, located at Polk County River Place, 2309 Euclid Ave., will remain open through November 6. At that time, Test Iowa will continue to serve the Des Moines metro and its surrounding areas at the NE 3rd Street site, which can accommodate the current testing volume.
As previously announced, the state is working on plans to relocate or transition its Test Iowa drive-thru sites as winter approaches. Sites remain in Black Hawk, Linn, Pottawattamie and Scott counties. Announcements will be made soon regarding ongoing testing in those communities.
The state continues to work with local and regional health care providers to increase access to testing through Test Iowa clinic sites. The state provides testing supplies and resources, and processes tests through the State Hygienic Lab, while local hospitals or clinics operate and staff the sites.
Individuals who wish to be tested at any site must first complete an online assessment at testiowa.com, and schedule an appointment.
Test Iowa is a statewide initiative to expand COVID-19 testing. Locations and hours of operation for all test sites can be found at testiowa.com or coronavirus.iowa.gov.
Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 116,350 Iowans have tested positive, up 5,571 from our update Thursday morning (no Friday issue), with a total of 939,205 tested. 41 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 1,635 deaths. Now 87,970 Iowans have recovered. The overall positivity rate is 12.4% and the total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 10.7%. The latest on hospitalizations, including how many patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours can be found here. There are currently 561 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.
Currently 17 counties are above 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days:
Des Moines 15.0%
Total Cases 8,553,827
Total Deaths 224,221
Total Cases 43,150,456
Total Deaths 1,155,284