DES MOINES, Iowa (AP/KCAU) – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed 419 more cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 16,767.
Health officials reported an additional 26 virus-related deaths, raising the death toll to 444, which is the highest daily increase on record.
IDPH mentions the dates of these confirmed deaths were from May 9 to May 22.
Among the state’s victims was a man who was one week away from retiring from his job at the JBS meatpacking plant in Marshalltown when he tested positive for the coronavirus.
Television station KCCI reports that he died last week on a ventilator.
Health officials said there are 362 Iowans currently hospitalized and 9,187 Iowans have recovered from the virus, which is 54.7% of the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
IDPH reported there have been additional 4,336 negative tests for a total of 106,223 negative tests as of May 23 that includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. The positivity rate for this report is 8.8%.
Health officials said due to planned maintenance from 6 a.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Monday, the Case Counts Dashboard on coronavirus.iowa.gov will not reflect accurate counts during the maintenance period.
IDPH mentions that all of the Case Counts will be brought up to date by 6 a.m. Monday.
Siouxland District Health Department (SDHD) said on Friday that they will not provide a report over the weekend due to the state’s COVID-19 database being down for maintenance.
SDHD mentions they will resume reporting COVID-19 data on Tuesday because of the Memorial Day weekend.