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State reports 444 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iowa, reaching all-time high

A health worker performs a COVID-19 test at a Test Iowa site at Waukee South Middle School,...
A health worker performs a COVID-19 test at a Test Iowa site at Waukee South Middle School, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Waukee, Iowa.(Charlie Neibergall | AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Published: Oct. 7, 2020 at 10:43 AM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting a new all time high in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Over the last 24 hours, 919 more COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths in Iowa were reported by the state.

As of 10:30 a.m. on October 7, the state’s data is showing a total of 94,342 COVID-19 cases and 1,414 COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began.

A total of 5,602 tests were reported to have been conducted over the last 24 hours, making the total number of tests conducted 832,909 since the pandemic began.

There are currently a total of 444 patients hospitalized, with 97 having been admitted in the last 24 hours. Of those patients, 104 are in the ICU and 42 are on ventilators.

During her weekly press conference, Gov. Reynolds addressed the increasing hospitalizations, saying Iowa healthcare providers assured her they could manage the increase in admissions. Reynolds praised Iowa’s healthcare providers and state officials, saying the unprecedented cooperation and collaboration has allowed the state to manage the increase in hospitalizations.

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