Iowa Tops 10,000 COVID Deaths

More than ten-thousand people have died with COVID-19 infections in Iowa, according to reporting by state officials, with the number at 10,051.

Iowa averages eight deaths a day when measured as a seven-day moving average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Iowa has the 19th highest quarterly COVID-19 death rate in the nation with 135.6 deaths per 100,000 people. There have been 59 COVID-related deaths in Buena Vista County.

More than four-thousand people in Iowa have died with a COVID-19 virus infection since April 2021, when vaccines became available for all adults. With widespread vaccine availability for most of the population, deaths are now considered largely preventable. Nearly one-third of Iowa residents haven’t had a single dose of vaccine. Iowa ranks 33rd in the nation for percentage of total population with at least one dose of vaccine at 69.3%.

Governor Kim Reynolds cut public reporting of COVID-19 data to basic information in February, saying the state no longer needed to treat the virus as a public health emergency.