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COVID-19 hospitalizations drop to 600 in Iowa – KCCI Des Moines

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OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS ACROSS THE NATION HAVE GRADUATED FROM NURSING PROGRAMS NEWLY PREPARED TO FIGHT THE CORONAVIRUS. 98 GRADUATED THIS MONTH FROM THE DMACC PROGRAM. WHEN THEY FIRST STARTED SCHOOL, none OF THEM EVEN CONSIDERED A PANDEMIC. KCCIS KAYLA JAMES TALKED WITH ONE NEW GRADUATE WHOS READY TO DO HER PART KAYLA: WHAT STARTED AS A DREAM TO ACHIEVE IN HIGH SCHOOL. >> WHEN I GOT MY CERTIFICATION TO BE ABLE TO WORK AT A HOSPITAL, > > THATS. KAYLA: BECAME A REALITY THIS DECEMBER FOR KYLA CAZETT, WHEN SHE AND NEARLY 100 OTHERS GRADUATED FROM DMACCS NURSING PROGRAM DURING A TIME HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE BATTLING THE CORONAVIRUS. >> > > IF ANYTHING, THIS IS THE TIME THEY NEED NURSES EVEN MORE. KAYLA: THE NUMBER OF LICENSED NURSES WORKING IN IOWA HAS INCREASED STEADILY OVER THE LAST 4 YEARS, WITH MORE THAN 51,000 EMPLOYED AT THE TIME OF THE IOWA BOARD OF NURSINGS MOST RECENT COUNT IN JUNE. >> > > WE SEE COVID PATIENTS EVERY DAY. KAYLA: CAZETT CURRENTLY WORKS AS AN ER PATIENT CARE TECH. SHES ALREADY SEEN HER FAIR SHARE OF THE WHAT THE PANDEMIC CAN DO AS PATIENTS COME THROUGH THE DOORS. >> > > I NEVER KNOW FROM THE ER WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM AFTER THAT. I THINK ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE AND THEIR HARDSHIPS AND THEIR FAMILIES. KAYLA: CAZETT SAYS WHEN THE PANDEMIC HIT, THE DMACC PROGRAMS CURRICULUM CONTINUED, BUT WITH AN EMPHASIS ON PATIENT EDUCATION DUE TO THE VIRUS. >> > > THATS A HUGE THING Y KNOW. INDIVIDUALS TAKE THIS VIRUS LIGHTLY AND SO BEING ABLE TO PROPERLY EDUCATE PEOPLE IS HUGE. KAYLA: EDUCATION. PERSEVERANCE. POSITIVITY. >> > > WERE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. WE ARE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS. KAYLA: AND A SENSE OF TOGETHERNESS. ALL ARE WHAT CAZETT HOPES SHE CAN BRING TO THE TABLE NOW AND BEYOND. AND WHEN ASKED IF THE PANDEMIC EVER CAUSED HER TO QUESTION IF HER. >> > > I THINK MY PASSION FOR NURSING HAS ACTUALLY INCREASED SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGUN. KAYLA: KYLA CAZETT RESPONDS WITHOUT HESITATION. KAYLA JAMES, KCCI 8 NEWS IOWA

COVID-19 hospitalizations drop to 600 in Iowa

Updated: 9:58 AM CST Dec 25, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa–.
The variety of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to drop. The Iowa Department of Public Health on Christmas Day reports 600 Iowans hospitalized with the infection.
The health department reported 1,473 brand-new positive cases and 5 extra deaths Friday. As of 10 a.m., the state reported 273,917 overall cases, 225,157 overall healings and 3,744 total deaths. The state reported 272,444 total cases and 3,379 total deaths 24 hours previously. Of Iowas COVID-19 deaths, 3,438 list COVID-19 as the main cause and 306 list it as a contributing element.

Iowa reports a 14-day positivity rate of 12.3% and a seven-day positivity rate of 9.6%. Thirty of Iowas 99 counties report a positivity rate higher than 15%.
The state reports 600 Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19, down from 628 a day earlier and the lowest total reported given that Oct. 28. There are 121 patients noted in intensive care, down 6 from the previous day. There were 104 patients confessed in the last 24 hours and there are 69 clients on ventilators.
The health department reports approximately 3,260 inpatient beds, 390 ICU beds and 879 ventilators available. Hospitalization analysis shows 433 clients were hospitalized with a main COVID-19 diagnosis, while 167 were hospitalized for another cause but checked favorable. Sixty-three percent of those hospitalized are 60 or older.
Iowa reports COVID-19 break outs in 127 long-term care facilities, a number unchanged from the previous day. There are 5,222 favorable cases and 3,076 healings reported within those facilities. The state reports an overall of 1,137 deaths within long-lasting care facilities.
The Iowa Department of Public Health displays COVID-19 info in genuine time on this site. KCCI releases a summary of the data every day at 10 a.m.
All TestIowa websites are closed Christmas Day. They are scheduled reopen on Monday.

> > THATS WHEN I GOT MY CERTIFICATION TO BE ABLE TO WORK AT A HOSPITAL. > > IF ANYTHING, THIS IS THE TIME THEY NEED NURSES EVEN MORE. > > WE SEE COVID PATIENTS EVERY DAY. > > THATS A HUGE THING Y KNOW. > > I THINK MY PASSION FOR NURSING HAS ACTUALLY INCREASED SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGUN.

The Iowa Department of Public Health on Christmas Day reports 600 Iowans hospitalized with the infection. The state reports 600 Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19, down from 628 a day previously and the lowest total reported given that Oct. 28. The state reports a total of 1,137 deaths within long-term care facilities.The Iowa Department of Public Health shows COVID-19 info in genuine time on this site.

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