Iowa COVID-19 hospital admissions up 44 since Monday

DES MOINES, Iowa — The latest pre-holiday update on the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa shows an increase in the number of patients being hospitalized with the virus and the number of patients being treated in intensive care units .

According to data released Wednesday morning by the Iowa Department of Public Health, there are currently 623 Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those patients, 146 are in the ICU.

Those numbers are both higher than Monday’s latest report, when 579 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized. At that time, 134 of those patients were in intensive care.

In the past 24 hours, 109 new patients with the virus have been admitted to hospitals in Iowa.

Of those in the ICU with COVID-19, 85.6% have not been vaccinated. That’s more than Monday’s 79.2%.

The IDPH says 9,038 cases have been confirmed in Iowa in the past seven days. Those cases raised the state’s average positive rate to 10.4%.

The state has confirmed 86 additional deaths from COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll from the virus to 7,354.

Booster shots are now available to the 68.9% of adults in Iowa who have already received their first full course of vaccination.

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