Iowa hit another somber milestone in COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, May 15, 2021. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Iowa reached a grim COVID-19 milestone on Saturday, May 15, 2021, with 6,000 deaths reported since the pandemic began.

Of those, 2,335 deaths are tied to outbreaks at Iowa long-term care facilities. As of May 15, just one nursing home reported an outbreak: Risen Son Christian Village in Council Bluffs, in western Iowa, which reported 10 confirmed cases.

At its peak Dec. 3, 2020, the state reported 169 outbreaks at long-term care centers, but those quickly dropped once vaccinations began in late December.

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On March 24, 2020, Iowa officials announced the state’s first death due to COVID-19 and by one year later, 5,683 Iowans had died.

As of May 15, 145 patients were hospitalized in Iowa due to COVID-19, with 42 of those in intensive care units and 20 on ventilators. Even as mask recommendations are relaxed, that same day, 30 patients were admitted to Iowa hospitals for COVID-19, compared to 23 in the previous 24 hours.

The state reported 2,493,080 doses of vaccine had been administered to Iowa residents as of May 15, with 1,255,962 fully vaccinated.

Nationwide, 270,832,342 vaccine doses had been administered as of May 15, with 121,768,268 Americans fully vaccinated. As of the same date, the U.S. reported a total so far of 32,722,464 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 582,263 deaths.

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