The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services reported Sept. 21, 2022, that the state had recorded 10,051 deaths attributed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
That number is up 77 deaths from the 9,994 reported one week ago.
Deaths are considered COVID-19 associated when COVID-19 is listed as an underlying cause or contributing factor on the death certificate.
Also Wednesday, the state reported 3,742 positive COVID-19 tests in the past week; a number that doesn’t take into account positive at-home tests that go unreported.
That brings the total of Iowa’s reported positive tests to 979,420 since the start of the pandemic.
Iowa no longer tracks hospitalizations or nursing home outbreaks on its website.
Related: Iowa removes data website
Polk County, Iowa’s most populous county, has recorded the most COVID-19 deaths, with 1,155 reported since the beginning of the pandemic, followed by Linn County, with 622 deaths; Black Hawk County, with 500 and Scott County with 417 deaths.
Deaths in Iowa from COVID-19 peaked in late 2020, just before vaccines were introduced.
Currently, all confirmed cases are the Omicron variant and new Omicron-specific COVID vaccine boosters are now available.