Cedar Rapids, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Health reported an increase in hospitalizations on Wednesday as the state continues to see an increase in coronavirus instances, resulting in more individuals being treated in hospitals, more people in critical care, and more fatalities.
Hospitalizations rose 7.5 percent from the last update on Monday, to 777 patients, with 185 requiring ICU care, up 14 percent from two days before.
The number of hospitalized patients is at an all-time high, with the ICU census at its highest in a year.
Seven kids under the age of 11 who have not been vaccinated have been admitted to the hospital. Three youngsters, aged 12 to 17, are in the hospital. One is completely vaccinated, while the other two are not.
According to the state report, just 6% of Iowa children aged 5 to 11 are completely vaccinated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 57.5 percent of Iowa’s population is completely vaccinated, ranking the state 24th in the US. According to the CDC, over 37% of the state’s population hasn’t been vaccinated.
According to CDC data, Iowa had an average of 1,897 confirmed cases each day for the previous week, the highest daily rate since December 11, 2020.
A total of 105 COVID-19 deaths were recorded by the state between October 12 and December 1. This brings the overall number of deaths in the state to 7,550.