Feb. 2: Iowa hospitalizations drop as virus spread rate slows, Woodbury County sees decrease in cases
(KTIV) - The number of people being treated for the coronavirus in Iowa hospitals and those needing intensive care has continued to decline.
Health care officials had predicted the omicron variant, which is the dominant strain in the state, would likely subside in February after Iowa reached its peak virus spread in mid-January.
Iowa Department of Public Health Data released Wednesday shows 794 people in hospitals, down from 929 a week ago. There were 109 COVID-19 patients being treated in intensive care units, down from 165 on Jan. 26.
Iowa officials reported another 156 deaths that occurred between Oct. 10 and Jan. 27. Iowa’s death total is now at 8,657.
In Woodbury County, the number of new COVID-19 cases has dropped compared to last week’s.
For the week of Jan. 24, there were 879 new virus cases confirmed. That’s down by nearly 1,000 compared to the 1,813 reported for the week of Jan. 17.
Currently, there are 53 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Woodbury County. Out of those hospitalizations, 27 of them are there because of COVID-19.
The Siouxland District Health Department says about 50 percent of Woodbury County residents are fully vaccinated against the virus.
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