- Associated Press - Monday, December 28, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Coronavirus-related hospitalizations and admissions ticked higher in Iowa Monday after several days of decline as the state will end the year with over 3,700 dead from the virus.

Public health officials reported no additional deaths, leaving the state’s death toll at 3,745. A lag in death reports is likely to drive the total higher by year’s end.

The pandemic sent the state’s monthly death numbers significantly higher than in previous years starting in April, according to Iowa Department of Public Health data. The trend worsened over the summer and surged much higher in October.

This year 3,182 people died in October, up almost 21% from the average over the previous four years.

Iowa has 27,629 deaths through October, about 11% higher than the 10-month average over the previous four years.



The state didn’t immediately respond to a request for November data.

Iowa has the 12th-highest per capita death rate from COVID-19 in the United States at 118 per 100,000 people, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

State data shows 540 new cases were reported on Monday. Hospitalizations ticked up to 586 from 553 the day before. The number of people admitted to a hospital in the previous 24 hours also rose to 82 from 71 the previous day.

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