Children make up nearly a quarter of new COVID-19 cases in Iowa


By Tim Webber, Des Moines Register

Nearly a quarter of all new COVID-19 cases in Iowa are children, state data released Wednesday shows. 

Of the 8,308 new cases reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health, 22% were kids — a staggering rate considering historical trends. Typically, kids have made up just 12% of new cases on average. 


The sharp increase in pediatric cases comes as school resumes across the state. 

Since the start of the school year, Des Moines Public Schools have reported 128 total COVID-19 cases among staff and students, as of Wednesday. Students account for 82 of those cases.

The 8,308 new reported cases across the state average out to 1,187 per day during the past week, the highest that number has been since mid-January.


After increasing through most of August, the rate of vaccine doses administered declined for the second week in a row, even after the Pfizer vaccine won full FDA approval. The state reported about 16,200 Iowans receiving the first dose of any vaccine in the past week, down from about 18,500 in the week prior.

The state on Wednesday reported a total of 408,390 coronavirus cases in Iowa since the start of the pandemic.


The state also reported 39 additional deaths from COVID-19 during the past week. There have been 6,307 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Iowa.

A total of 1,551,098 Iowans, or 49% of Iowa’s population, were fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, having received either both doses of a two-dose sequence or one dose of a single-dose vaccine. Another 119,775 Iowans, or 4%, were partially vaccinated with the first dose of a two-dose sequence.


The latest COVID-19 numbers in Iowa

The latest data, as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, compared to the previous Wednesday.

  • Confirmed cases: 408,390, an increase of 8,308
  • Deaths: 6,307, an increase of 39
  • Total tested: 1,912,356
  • Total recovered: 376,954
  • Statewide 14-day positivity rate: 8.6%

The state’s public coronavirus dashboard did not include updated data on hospitalizations at the time of this update. That data is usually available by Thursday mornings.

How many people in Polk and Dallas counties are vaccinated?

In Polk County, 291,237 people, or 59% of residents, have received at least one dose of the vaccine. 266,594 (54%) are fully vaccinated, an increase of 3,338 (0.7 percentage points) since last week.

In Dallas County, 54,919 people, or 59% of residents, have received at least one dose; 50,746 (54%) are fully vaccinated, an increase of 615 (0.7 percentage points).

The five counties in Iowa with the highest percentage of their population fully vaccinated as of Sept. 1 are Johnson (60%), Linn (56%), Boone (55%), Dubuque (54%) and Polk (54%) counties.

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