DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa public health officials are reporting a rise in coronavirus-related hospitalizations. Iowa Department of Public Health Data shows 235 people remain hospitalized Thursday, up from 219 the day before.
Admissions in the last 24 hours surged to 52, an increase from 38 in the previous 24-hour period. State officials reported 531 more confirmed positive cases and six additional deaths. In Iowa, 29% of the population is fully vaccinated but Gov. Kim Reynolds is voicing concern that vaccine hesitancy is becoming a factor in the ability to stop virus spread and return to normal.
After 43 of Iowa’s 99 counties this week declined additional shipments of shots because of less consumer demand, Reynolds on Wednesday promoted vaccinations and said the state is concentrating efforts on trusted community leaders to help convince resistant Iowans to get the shots.
Reynolds focused on polls showing that young adults are more likely than older people to say they will not get vaccinated and sidestepped a question about polls showing that Republicans say they're much less likely to get immunized.
Those who have declined additional shipments include the following counties in northern Iowa: Cerro Gordo, Kossuth, Winnebago, Hancock, Floyd, Chickasaw, Franklin and Butler.