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Iowa adds 499 new COVID-19 cases, 12 additional deaths

A sign directs traffic to a Test Iowa COVID-19 testing site at Waukee South Middle School, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Waukee, Iowa. Iowa state Auditor Rob Sand said Tuesday that a coronavirus testing program brought to the state under a $28 million no-bid contract by Gov. Kim Reynolds on recommendation from actor Ashton Kutcher is violating state law in the indirect way it handles test results data. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
A sign directs traffic to a Test Iowa COVID-19 testing site at Waukee South Middle School, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Waukee, Iowa. Iowa state Auditor Rob Sand said Tuesday that a coronavirus testing program brought to the state under a $28 million no-bid contract by Gov. Kim Reynolds on recommendation from actor Ashton Kutcher is violating state law in the indirect way it handles test results data. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)(Charlie Neibergall | AP)
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 10:42 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - As of 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12, the Iowa Department of Public Health said that 499 additional cases of COVID-19 were reported during the last 24 hours, bringing the state’s total since the pandemic began to 49,702.

38,548 people are considered recovered from the disease, an increase of 547. Twelve additional deaths had been reported since Tuesday morning’s total, increasing the overall death toll in the state to 949. 243 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19, which is up by one compared to 24 hours ago. 72 of those patients are in intensive care units, compared to 64 in the previous period. 25 patients are using ventilators, which is up by two from the previous period.

An additional 4,584 tests were reported by public and private labs since Tuesday morning. The positivity rate during that reporting period was 10.9%, higher than the previous 24 hours’ rate of 10.6%. A total of 530,419 tests have been processed since the start of the pandemic.

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