Upcoming Changes to COVID Reporting
Last week, Governor Reynolds signed the final extension of the state’s Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation, announcing it will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.
This proclamation expiration will result in operational changes related to the state's COVID-19 response. The most noticeable change will be how data is reported publicly. The state’s two COVID-19 websites, coronavirus.iowa.gov and vaccinateiowa.gov, will be decommissioned on Feb. 16 but information will remain accessible online through other state and federal resources. IDPH will report relevant COVID-19 information weekly on its website, https://idph.iowa.gov/, similar to how flu activity is reported. Data will include:
- positive tests since March 2020 and in the last seven days,
- cases by county,
- an epidemiologic curve,
- variants by week, and
- deaths since March 2020.
Vaccine information, including total series and boosters completed, demographics for fully vaccinated Iowans, and vaccination by county, will also be reported. The new report will be available starting Feb.16 at idph.iowa.gov.
The State of Iowa and its health care providers will also continue to report COVID-19 data as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC’s COVID Data Tracker reports state-level data for cases, deaths, testing, vaccination and more. The site is available at coronavirus.gov or covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker.
The State Hygienic Lab will continue to operate the Test Iowa at Home program. As testing supply increases and more options for self-testing become available, the state will reassess the need for the program. For more information or to request an at-home test, visit testiowa.com.
The Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team will continue to provide weekly updates to provide county-specific data that residents can use to help them make informed decisions.