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Iowa reports 348 new virus cases, 1 additional death Sunday



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa health officials reported 348 coronavirus cases and one new death linked to COVID-19 on Sunday, but hospitalizations remained at a low level statewide.

As of Sunday morning, the state was reporting 336,311 cases of the virus and 5,471 deaths since the pandemic began.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Iowa decreased over the past two weeks, going from 493 new cases per day on Feb. 13 to 396.86 new cases per day on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The number of people hospitalized with the virus across the state crept up Sunday to 196 from Saturday’s 181, but that total remains well below the November peak of more than 1,500 patients.

Iowa officials said 169,617 people have now received both required doses of a coronavirus vaccine in the state.

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