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Iowa health officials report backlog of tests

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials said Sunday that a “significant number” of coronavirus tests were not reported over the weekend due to a backlog in the department’s electronic reporting system.

The Iowa Department of Public Health said its COVID-19 website will continue to update, and noted in a news release that reported daily case counts from last week will be adjusted as it processes the backlog.

The backlog does not impact notification of test results to individuals, health officials said.

KCCI-TV reported that as of 10 a.m. Sunday, the Iowa website had confirmed 661 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing to 38,564 the number of positive cases since the outbreak began.

Seven additional COVID-19 deaths brought the state’s death toll to 792. The department noted 552 of the state’s deaths involved Iowans with preexisting medical conditions.

COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities account for 419 of the state’s total deaths.

The department reports 214 hospitalizations, including 75 patients who are in intensive care. Hospitals in the state admitted 20 new COVID-19 patients in the past 24 hours compared to 26 on Saturday.