143 long-term care facilities report COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa – KCCI Des Moines

TURNING TO CORONAVIRUS – TONIGHT, DOCTORS WARN – HOLDING A LARGE FAMILY GATHERING BASED ON NEGATIVE COVID-19 TESTS IS áNOT AS SAFE AS IT SOUNDS. KCCI’S CHRIS GOTHNER IS LIVE AT THE DES MOINES AIRPORT WITH WHY THEY SAY IT BRINGS A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY.. CHRIS? (áááCHRISááá) WELL WE HEARD FROM A FEW PEOPLE HERE WHO GOT A COVID-19 TEST BEFORE THEY FLEW IN OR OUT TO CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING. BUT EXPERTS ARE WARNING — IT IS NOT A TICKET TO ENSURE YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES AREN’T SPREADING THE VIRUS. TONI & KIRIAN BABOURINE PICKED UP THEIR BAGS AND HEADED OFF TO AMES MONDAY. THEY’RE VISITING CENTRAL IOWA FROM SUNNY FLORIDA FOR THANKSGIVING. BUT THE DAY BEFORE THEIR FLIGHT — THEY GOT TESTED FOR COVID-19. WE SPOKE TO A FEW OTHER FLYERS OFF CAMERA — DOING THE SAME THING. BUT DOCTOR MEGAN SRINIVAS , AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST, IS URGING PEOPLE TO áSTAY HOME — EVEN IF THEY DO TEST NEGATIVE. AND THERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY SHE SAYS TESTING & TRAVELING ISN’T A SURE THING. DR. SRINIVAS ALSO POINTS OUT THAT ONE TEST — IS JUST A SNAPSHOT IN TIME. AND SHE SAYS YOU CAN ALSO GET áINFECTED áAFTER GETTING áTESTED. (áááCHRISááá) THE BABOURINES TOLD US THEY UNDERSTAND THE RISKS BUT STILL FEEL IT’S SAFE BECAUSE THEY’VE LIMITED CONTACT WITH OTHERS — SAVE FOR OTHER TRAVELERS. DR. SRINIVAS REALLY ADVISES FAMILIES DO A áVIRTUAL THANKSGIVING THIS YEAR THOUGH. A NUMBER OF VIDEOCONFERENCING COMPANIES, INCLUDING ZOOM, ARE LIFTING TIME LIMITS ON THANKSGIVI

143 long-term care facilities report COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa

Twenty-four more long-term care facilities report COVID-19 outbreaks as the virus continues to spread in Iowa.The Iowa Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported 3,860 new positive coronavirus cases and 19 additional deaths. As of 10 a.m. the health department reported 215,512 total virus cases, 119,685 total recoveries and 2,224 total deaths since the pandemic began. The state reported 211,722 total positive cases and 2,205 total deaths 24 hours earlier.State data shows 1,177,279 Iowans have been tested for COVID-19. The health department received 8,101 individual lab test results in the last 24 hours, with 1,800 positive cases. The state receives test results from prior days that add to the overall total. Iowa’s statewide 14-day positivity rate continues to decline at 19.7% That’s down from 20.7% the day before.There are 91 Iowa counties with a 14-day positivity rate at or greater than 15%, down from 93 a day earlier. Schools in those counties can apply for a waiver to provide 100% virtual learning. Fifty-seven counties report a rate higher than 20%. That’s down from 68 a day earlier. Jones and Lyon counties report a rate higher than 30%.There are a record 143 long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa. That’s an increase of 24 from the previous day. The state reports 4,545 positive cases and 1,979 recoveries within those facilities. Long-term care facilities have accounted for 1,007 of Iowa’s virus deaths.COVID-19 hospitalizations increased for the first time in five days. There are now 1,351 Iowans hospitalized with the virus, up from 1,333 a day earlier. There were 165 patients admitted in the last 24 hours, up from 135 the previous day. There are 275 patients in intensive care, up from 273 the previous day. There are now 155 patients on ventilators, up from 135 a day earlier.Iowa reports approximately 3,060 hospital beds, 348 ICU beds and 831 ventilators available. Hospitalization analysis shows 990 of Iowa’s hospitalized patients had a primary COVID-19 diagnosis, while 361 were hospitalized for a different cause but tested positive. State data shows 72% of those hospitalized are 60 or older. The Iowa Department of Public Health displays COVID-19 information in real time on this website dashboard. KCCI publishes a summary of that data each day at 10 a.m.Gov. Kim Reynolds is scheduled to host a news conference on the state’s COVID-19 response at 11 a.m. Tuesday.You can watch the news conference on KCCI-TV, the KCCI Breaking News and Weather App, KCCI.com or the KCCI Facebook page.

Twenty-four more long-term care facilities report COVID-19 outbreaks as the virus continues to spread in Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported 3,860 new positive coronavirus cases and 19 additional deaths. As of 10 a.m. the health department reported 215,512 total virus cases, 119,685 total recoveries and 2,224 total deaths since the pandemic began. The state reported 211,722 total positive cases and 2,205 total deaths 24 hours earlier.

State data shows 1,177,279 Iowans have been tested for COVID-19. The health department received 8,101 individual lab test results in the last 24 hours, with 1,800 positive cases. The state receives test results from prior days that add to the overall total. Iowa’s statewide 14-day positivity rate continues to decline at 19.7% That’s down from 20.7% the day before.

There are 91 Iowa counties with a 14-day positivity rate at or greater than 15%, down from 93 a day earlier. Schools in those counties can apply for a waiver to provide 100% virtual learning. Fifty-seven counties report a rate higher than 20%. That’s down from 68 a day earlier. Jones and Lyon counties report a rate higher than 30%.

There are a record 143 long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa. That’s an increase of 24 from the previous day. The state reports 4,545 positive cases and 1,979 recoveries within those facilities. Long-term care facilities have accounted for 1,007 of Iowa’s virus deaths.

COVID-19 hospitalizations increased for the first time in five days. There are now 1,351 Iowans hospitalized with the virus, up from 1,333 a day earlier. There were 165 patients admitted in the last 24 hours, up from 135 the previous day. There are 275 patients in intensive care, up from 273 the previous day. There are now 155 patients on ventilators, up from 135 a day earlier.

Iowa reports approximately 3,060 hospital beds, 348 ICU beds and 831 ventilators available. Hospitalization analysis shows 990 of Iowa’s hospitalized patients had a primary COVID-19 diagnosis, while 361 were hospitalized for a different cause but tested positive. State data shows 72% of those hospitalized are 60 or older.

The Iowa Department of Public Health displays COVID-19 information in real time on this website dashboard. KCCI publishes a summary of that data each day at 10 a.m.

Gov. Kim Reynolds is scheduled to host a news conference on the state’s COVID-19 response at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

You can watch the news conference on KCCI-TV, the KCCI Breaking News and Weather App, KCCI.com or the KCCI Facebook page.