Hospitalizations up in Iowa’s weekly COVID-19 data update – Des Moines Register

by | Aug 3, 2022 | COVID-19

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Iowa rose by 25% over the last week, and the number requiring intensive care nearly doubled, according to data released Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Public Health and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.At the same time, the number of new people being vaccinated remained low in the state.The state health department reported 59.2% of Iowa’s population is fully vaccinated, a one-tenth of one percentage point increase since the health department last updated vaccination data a month ago.The youngest Iowans make up the least-vaccinated age group: More than a month after vaccinations became available to all age groups, just one in eight Iowans under the age of 10 are fully vaccinated, and an additional 3% have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.According to the state health department, people living in or near Iowa’s largest population centers appear most likely to have vaccinated their children. Johnson, Story and Dallas counties have the highest rate of vaccination among children under 10, although none exceed a rate of 30%.More:Nursing home cited for failing to provide COVID-19 treatment, staff levels and ‘disgusting’ foodCOVID-19 hospitalizations in the state rose to 309, an increase of 60 over last week and the most since the end of February. The number of people requiring intensive care for COVID-19 complications leapt from 22 to 41.The number of new reported cases, meanwhile, remained relatively stable, decreasing slightly. There were 5,768 new COVID-19 cases reported in the state this week, or about 824 per day. That’s still the second-most cases reported in a single week since the beginning of March — behind only last week.There have likely been more COVID-19 cases in Iowa over that time. The number re …

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