Gov. Kim Reynolds says today Iowa is changing the way it counts who has recovered from COVID-19. The state now shows more people recovering from the virus.
Starting today, the state began considering Iowans to have recovered from COVID-19 28 days after a positive test, or two incubation periods of the coronavirus, unless the state receives information that the person is still hospitalized or has not recovered.
Prior to the change, Iowa had a recovery rate of about 62%, Reynolds said. The new process brings Iowa's recovery rate to about 80%. That is roughly the percentage of cases that cause mild symptoms and in which the infected person is able to recover at home.
Another five people with COVID-19 have died in Iowa. And there have been an additional 213 confirmed cases, the state reported today.
The state was reporting 712 COVID-19-related deaths, an increase of five since the state's tally yesterday, according its Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website.
Six more cases of the virus were recorded in Woodbury County today. There have been 43 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nebraska has topped 19,000 since the outbreak of the new coronavirus began earlier this year, state health officials said.
The state’s online virus tracking site showed 19,042 cases had been confirmed by Tuesday — a jump of 143 new cases from the day before. The site also showed two new deaths, bringing the state’s total to 269 deaths since the start of the outbreak.