Two more residents of Muscatine lost to coronavirus; nearly 1,000 COVID patients are in Iowa hospitals

All of Iowa, and almost the entire Midwest, is in the red for high community transmission of COVID-19 on Jan. 14, 2022. [CDC map]

As the omicron variant continues to sweep across the state, the number of patients in Iowa hospitals with COVID-19 has nearly reached 1,000. And two additional Muscatine County residents died from the coronavirus between January 4 and 11.

According to data on the State of Iowa Public Health dashboard, there were 494 positive tests reported over the seven day period ending Wednesday for total of 8,503 since the pandemic began 22 months ago. The positive test rate averaged 24.7 percent a day over the seven day period.

Six patients were being treated at Trinity Muscatine for COVID-19, with two patients listed in intensive care.

Across the state of Iowa between January 6-13, there were 33,502 new cases, a rolling 7-day average of 23.8 percent of tests have been positive, and 182 deaths for a total of 8,201.

998 people are currently in Iowa hospitals, with 174 in ICU. 69.7 percent of those in the hospital are not vaccinated, along with 77 percent of ICU patients.

In Muscatine County, 68.2 percent of the 12+ population is fully vaccinated and 74.4 percent have had at least one dose.

70.6 percent of adults are fully vaccinated and 75.0 percent of Iowa resident 12 and older are at least partially vaccinated.

The latest data from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows treatment for the virus is the primary reason nearly two-thirds of the Covid-positive patients were admitted to an Iowa hospital.