DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) – The total number of people who have died from the novel coronavirus in Iowa pushed past 3,900, according to state data as of Saturday morning, as the number of people tested dipped for the holiday.
As of 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, the Iowa Department of Public Health said that 709 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 were added to the state’s total, which is now at 283,144 people. 243,218 people are considered recovered from the disease.
TestIowa, the state-run testing program, was closed for parts of the New Year’s holiday. This likely was a contributing factor in the reduced number of people testing positive and smaller number of tests overall. A similar drop in testing, compared to other days, was observed near the Thanksgiving holiday in late November.
An additional 48 people who have died from COVID-19 were added to Iowa’s total, which is 3,946 people since the start of the pandemic.
The number of people hospitalized due to the disease in Iowa was 572 as of Saturday morning, a net decrease of three. 119 of those people were in intensive care units, a net increase of two. 60 of those patients require the use of a ventilator, a net decrease of three. 88 additional people were admitted to Iowa hospitals during the 24-hour reporting period, a rate consistent with the last several days of data.
An additional 2,056 people had test results reported by public and private labs over the last 24 hours, a significantly lower number than most recent days. The positivity rate for this batch of tests was 34.5%, lower than the previous day’s 46.1%. The positivity rate computed using this method may differ from the number on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, due to the fact that it uses the number of people tested, not the overall number of tests including people who have been repeatedly tested.
A total of 1,361,710 people in Iowa have been tested since the start of the pandemic.
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