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August 17: COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations decrease more

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Iowa Coronavirus

(KWWL) -- There was a 14.4% decrease in new COVID-19 cases reported this week in Iowa compared to last week, as numbers continue to ease according to the Iowa Department of Public Health website

There were 4,921 new COVID-19 cases in the past week bringing Iowa's total number of cases to 832,937. That's an average of around 703 new cases per day over the last 7 days.

The COVID-19 death toll on the IDPH website has increased by 32 to 9,882. Deaths reported by the state have generally occurred in the months before the reporting date.

National data from the Department of Health and Human Services shows there are currently 244 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iowa. That's 79 less hospitalizations than the 323 that the state reported last week. 

The IDPH is updating it's COVID-19 vaccination numbers once a month, and have reported the vaccination numbers as of August 3.

The IDPH is updating it's COVID-19 vaccination numbers once a month. As of Wednesday, IDPH data shows 59.2% of Iowa's total population being vaccinated against COVID-19. 

View COVID-19 numbers from last Wednesday here.

Find more COVID-19 coverage here.