Today's Iowa COVID-19 news is a mixed bag. Sadly, 38 COVID-related deaths were reported over the past 24-hours according to the The Iowa Department of Public Health's COVID-19 dashboard. That leaves a total of 5,374 Iowans who have died from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. On the plus side, the states dashboard shows only 187 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is the lowest since back in August of last year.

The state's vaccine dashboard shows 566,502 have received the COVID vaccine, with 146,603 having received both shots needed to complete the vaccine processes.

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Here's a breakdown of vaccinations (Iowans who have received at least one of the two vaccinations) in NE Iowa by county:

  • Benton: 1,698
  • Black Hawk: 14,998
  • Bremer: 2,456
  • Buchanan: 1,580
  • Chickasaw: 755
  • Fayette: 1,769
  • Grundy: 1,164
  • Tama: 1,939

Currently, Iowa remains in phase 1B which is focused on Iowans age 65 and over, first responders and teachers. More information on the COVID vaccine in Iowa, and when you might be eligible can be found here.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.