Department of Numbers

Iowa COVID-19 Case and Testing Statistics

As of Friday April 03 2020, Iowa had 699 cases of COVID-19. Over the past week, Iowa was finding 66 new cases per day on average and recording 1.1 deaths per day. Data for Iowa is provided by the COVID Tracking Project and will be updated daily. The COVID Tracking Project gives Iowa a data quality grade of: C

Compare Iowa COVID-19 data to other states.

Iowa average daily new cases

The chart below shows the trend of new case discovery for Iowa. Flattening the curve of new daily cases will help alleviate the burden on hospitals and healthcare workers and help ensure that patients that need critical care can get it.

Note: If testing is insufficient the above curve will underrepresent true case discovery. Nationwide daily testing per million residents is currently 336.1. Reported Iowa testing per million residents per day is 248.0. Iowa testing may be underreported or insufficient relative to the US as a whole.

Iowa average daily deaths

Deaths from COVID-19 are likely better reported than the true number of positive cases. As a result, the trend in average daily deaths from COVID-19 might be a more telling measure of progression through the outbreak than daily average positive cases.

Statistics for positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa

Total Cases and Total Cases per 1M residents are cumulative counts. Daily Positive measures are rolling 7 day averages.

Date Total
Cases
Total
Cases
per 1M
Daily
Positives
(7d Avg)
Daily
Positives
per 1M
(7d Avg)
04/03/20 699 222 66 21.0
04/02/20 614 195 62 19.7
04/01/20 549 174 58 18.3
03/31/20 497 158 53 16.9
03/30/20 424 134 46 14.4
03/29/20 336 107 35 11.1
03/28/20 298 94 33 10.4
03/27/20 235 74 27 8.6
03/26/20 179 57 20 6.4
03/25/20 145 46 17 5.2
03/24/20 124 39 14 4.6
03/23/20 105 33 12 3.8
03/22/20 90 29 10 3.3
03/21/20 68 22 7 2.3
03/20/20 45 14 4 1.3

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Death statistics for COVID-19 in Iowa

Total Deaths and Total Deaths per 1M residents are cumulative counts. Daily Death measures are rolling 7 day averages.

Date Total
Deaths
Total
Deaths
per 1M
Daily
Deaths
(7d Avg)
Daily
Deaths
per 1M
(7d Avg)
04/03/20 11 3.5 1.1 0.4
04/02/20 11 3.5 1.4 0.5
04/01/20 9 2.9 1.1 0.4
03/31/20 7 2.2 1.0 0.3
03/30/20 6 1.9 0.9 0.3
03/29/20 4 1.3 0.6 0.2
03/28/20 3 0.9 0.4 0.1
03/27/20 3 0.9 0.4 0.1
03/26/20 1 0.3 0.1 0.1
03/25/20 1 0.3 0.1 0.1
03/24/20 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
03/23/20 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
03/22/20 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
03/21/20 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
03/20/20 0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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COVID-19 testing statistics in Iowa

Testing metrics for Iowa are too low for me to have faith that they are being accurately reported. I'm only reporting testing statistics for states with an A data grade from the COVID Tracking Project that test at a rate of at least 100 per million residents per day. Iowa is either not testing at that level or is not reporting their testing fully.

A final word on this analysis

In order to manage the outbreak, states need to increase their testing capacity. As testing increases, the number of detections as a fraction of total tests (positive rate) should hopefully decrease over time. If a state is able to test widely enough (at least 300 tests daily per million residents, probably more) to drive the positive rate down (less than 5%) there may be the potential to manage a regional outbreak with isolation, contact tracing and quarantine South Korea has.

Please take my calculations and amatuer epidemiological speculations with a huge grain of salt as I'm moving quickly to get what I hope are meaningful measures online. There may be errors in my data and my thinking!

These statistics were inspired by posts on Calculated Risk and the Bondad Blog regarding metrics to track for COVID-19.

Last but not least, thanks to the folks at COVID Tracking Project for making this data available to everyone.