New reported COVID-19 cases dropped by 44% as Iowa prepares to shutter tracking site

COVID-19 continued to decline across Iowa in the Iowa Department of Public Health’s  data release on Wednesday, which is expected to be the last full update before the state’s dashboard is taken offline and the data is transferred to the health department’s main website.

The number of people hospitalized in Iowa with COVID-19 dropped to 617, the fewest since late November 2021. About half of those have COVID-19 as a primary diagnosis, although it’s still a complicating factor for those who have it as a secondary diagnosis.

Another drop was recorded in the number of COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care, though not by as much as previous weeks — down to 96, from 109. Patients requiring ventilators declined to 42.

New reported cases also declined this week. There were 12,833 over the previous seven days, or about 1,833 per day. That’s a drop of 44% from the week before, and the fewest of any week in 2022.