Iowa daily virus cases soar above 4,500; 20 more deaths

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Posted at 10:38 AM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 11:39:08-05

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Daily confirmed coronavirus cases in Iowa skyrocketed to more than 4,500 as the number of people being treated in hospitals also continued to climb.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports there were 4,562 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours and 20 more deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate in Iowa has risen over the past two weeks from 26% on Oct. 21 to over 39% on Nov. 4, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Iowa’s rate is second in the nation behind South Dakota.

State data shows 839 people were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals, a new high that is expected to increase in the coming days.

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