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VOTERS.>>IN THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, THE STATE ANNOUNCED A BIG CHANGE TO ITS QUARANTINE POLICIES TODAY. IT MAKES IT LESS LIKELY FOR STUDENTS TO BE SENT HOME AFTER THEY ARE EXPOSED TO COVID-19. KCCI’S CHRIS IS LIVE WITH GOVERNOR REYNOLD’S BREAK WITH FEDERAL GUIDELINES.>>YES, STACY, BEFORE TODAY, IF TWO STUDENTS WERE WEARING A MASK AND ONE TESTED POSITIVE, THE OTHER STUDENT WOULD HAVE TO QUARANTINE. THAT’S WHAT THE CDC RECOMMENDS BUT IT’S WHAT IOWA RECOMMENDS NO LONGER.>>MASKS ON, NO QUARANTINE. THAT’S THE NEW GUIDANCE FROM STATE OFFICIAL, A DEPARTURE FROM CDC GUIDANCE WHICH SAYS ANYONE IN CLOSE CONTACT AS SOMEONE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 SHOULD ISOLATE THEMSELVES. NOW IF BOTH PEOPLE WORE A MASK THE ENTIRE TIME AND WAR THEM PROPERLY, ONLY THE PERSON WHO TESTED POSITIVE WOULD NEED TO QUARANTINE ASSUMING THE OTHER IS ASYMPTOMATIC. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO HEALTHCARE WORKERS BUT DOES APPLY TO IOWA BUSINESSES AN PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANTLY SCHOOLS. IN FACT, GOVERNOR REYNOLDS SAYS THE CHANGE WAS MADE TO GIVE SCHOOLS MORE FLEXIBILITY TO KEEP KIDS IN CLASS. SINGLE POSITIVES WERE LEADING TO MORE QUARANTINE. NOW THAT MAY NOT HAPPEN AS FREQUENTLY. HEALTH OFFICIALS DID ACNO, MA’AM THE CDC GUIDELINES ARE DIFFERENT. THEY POINTED TO STUDIES ON MASK EFFECTIVENESS IN STATES LIKE NEBRASKA AND WYOMING PUTTING IN SIMILAR GUIDELINES.>>I DON’T WANT TO SAY THERE IS ZERO RISK ASSOCIATED WITH THAT. THERE IS ALWAYS RISK ASSOCIATED WITH MOST THINGS IN LIFE BUT WE WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT RISK IS

Hospitalizations spike as Iowa reports 1,048 new coronavirus cases, 18 additional deaths

State data shows COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to spike in Iowa as 1,048 new positive coronavirus cases and 18 additional deaths were reported Wednesday.As of 10 a.m., the Iowa Department of Public Health reported 88,555 total positive cases, 68,365 total recoveries and 1,342 total deaths since the pandemic began. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, IDPH had reported 87,507 total cases and 1,324 total deaths.Iowa hospitalizations have increased each day since Sept. 19. There were 269 Iowans hospitalized that day. As of Wednesday, there were 390 hospitalized with COVID-19. The total is approaching the highest number reported in the state, at 417 on May 6. State data shows there are 100 patients in intensive care, up from 97 the previous day. There are 31 patients on ventilators, down from 36 the previous day. There were 61 patients admitted in the last 24 hours, up from 59 the previous day. IDPH data shows there are 2,810 hospital beds available, with 423 ICU beds and 794 ventilators available.The state reports 796,077 Iowans have been tested for the virus. There were 6,014 test results received by IDPH in the previous day, with 637 positive results. One of four Iowans have been tested for COVID-19, while one of 36 have tested positive. Iowa reports a statewide positivity rate of 8.8% over the last 14 days.There are currently 11 Iowa counties reporting a positivity rate greater than 15% over the last 14 days, down from 13 the previous day. Public schools in Lyon, Sioux, Osceola, Delaware, O’Brien, Crawford, Page, Plymouth, Fremont, Dubuque and Palo Alto counties can apply for a waiver with the department of education to offer 100% virtual learning. Lyon, Sioux and Osceola counties report a positivity rate greater than 20%. Sioux County had reported a rate greater than 30% last week but has now dropped down to 26.5%. TestIowa clinics are scheduled to open this week in Orange City and Sioux Center to expand COVID-19 testing in the Sioux County area.There are now coronavirus outbreaks in 52 Iowa’s long-term care facilities, up from 50 the previous day. State data shows there are 1,125 positive cases and 715 recoveries within those facilities. There have been 693 deaths in Iowa’s long-term care facilities.The Iowa Department of Public Health reports COVID-19 data in real time on this website dashboard. KCCI publishes a summary of the last 24 hours of data each day at 10 a.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa —

State data shows COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to spike in Iowa as 1,048 new positivecoronaviruscases and 18 additional deaths were reported Wednesday.

As of 10 a.m., theIowa Department of Public Healthreported 88,555 total positive cases, 68,365 total recoveries and 1,342 total deaths since the pandemic began. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, IDPH had reported 87,507 total cases and 1,324 total deaths.

Iowa hospitalizationshave increased each day since Sept. 19. There were 269 Iowans hospitalized that day. As of Wednesday, there were 390 hospitalized with COVID-19. The total is approaching the highest number reported in the state, at 417 on May 6. State data shows there are 100 patients in intensive care, up from 97 the previous day. There are 31 patients on ventilators, down from 36 the previous day. There were 61 patients admitted in the last 24 hours, up from 59 the previous day. IDPH data shows there are 2,810 hospital beds available, with 423 ICU beds and 794 ventilators available.

The state reports 796,077 Iowanshave been testedfor the virus. There were 6,014 test results received by IDPH in the previous day, with 637 positive results. One of four Iowans have been tested for COVID-19, while one of 36 have tested positive. Iowa reports a statewide positivity rate of 8.8% over the last 14 days.

There are currently11 Iowa countiesreporting a positivity rate greater than 15% over the last 14 days, down from 13 the previous day. Public schools in Lyon, Sioux, Osceola, Delaware, O’Brien, Crawford, Page, Plymouth, Fremont, Dubuque and Palo Alto counties can apply for a waiver with the department of education to offer 100% virtual learning. Lyon, Sioux and Osceola counties report a positivity rate greater than 20%. Sioux County had reported a rate greater than 30% last week but has now dropped down to 26.5%. TestIowa clinics are scheduled to open this week in Orange City and Sioux Center to expand COVID-19 testing in the Sioux County area.

There are now coronavirus outbreaks in 52 Iowa’slong-term care facilities, up from 50 the previous day. State data shows there are 1,125 positive cases and 715 recoveries within those facilities. There have been 693 deaths in Iowa’s long-term care facilities.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports COVID-19 data in real time onthis website dashboard. KCCI publishes a summary of the last 24 hours of data each day at 10 a.m.

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