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Iowa posts 67 additional coronavirus-related deaths

December 15, 2020 GMT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa reported another 67 COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, a day after posting 60 more deaths.

The state changed its method of calculating deaths last week and officials said death records could take a week to be filed, so it’s difficult to know when the new deaths occurred, but the increasing number of lives lost to the virus mirrors national trends.

Iowa’s death toll Tuesday was 3,340, and more than 300,000 people across the country now have died from the virus.

Iowa has seen a slowing of the virus spread but is still averaging more than 1,700 new cases a day. While the pressure on hospitals hasn’t surged after Thanksgiving as some health care professionals expected, 798 people remained hospitalized with 166 in intensive care.

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Iowa posted an additional 1,338 new confirmed positive cases on Tuesday for a total of 258,251 positive cases now recorded by public health officials.