CORONAVIRUS

Iowa passes 30,000 positive coronavirus cases; 7 UNI athletes test positive

Three new confirmed deaths in the state

Signs are posted at the entrance at the Test Iowa coronavirus testing site at the Kirkwood Community College Continuing
Signs are posted at the entrance at the Test Iowa coronavirus testing site at the Kirkwood Community College Continuing Education Training Center in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Those wishing to be tested are required to show a QR code in order to enter. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

The state reported 390 new coronavirus cases Friday, pushing Iowa past the 30,000 mark since the start of the pandemic.

As of Friday, the state had counted 30,355 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

The seven-day rolling average for new cases is 400, down from last week’s 675, which was close to the high points reported in late April and early May.

Johnson County reported 15 new cases, its 17th consecutive day of double-digit increases. The seven-day rolling average is 41. The county has had 1,234 confirmed cases.

Linn County reported 14 new cases, its 13th consecutive day for double-digit increases. The seven-day rolling average is 12. The county has had 1,241 confirmed cases since mid-March.

Polk County reported 89 new cases, bringing its total to 6,305, the most in the state.

Student athletes

Some of the new cases involve student athletes at Iowa’s three public universities.

The University of Northern Iowa announced Friday that seven of its student-athletes and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19.

At least 150 UNI student-athletes and staff members have been tested for the virus since the “resocialization process” began on the Cedar Falls campus June 8, UNI said in a statement.

All UNI athletes have been tested for the virus since being allowed back on campus Monday for voluntary workouts. The students go through health screenings and daily temperatures checks.

On June 13, Iowa State University reported 10 student-athletes, including two football players, tested positive for COVID-19.

The University of Iowa Athletics Department began testing student athletes May 29. Seventeen athletes have tested positive in that time, including five the week of June 22, when positive cases started spiking in Johnson County.

Statewide

Statewide, health officials on Friday reported 4,547 tests were completed in the past 24 hours, with 4,157 negative and 390 positive, for a rate of 8.58 percent.

Hospitalizations were up slightly, from 145 to 146.

Patients in intensive care increased from 36 to 40. And patients on ventilators increased from 18 to 20.

Three new deaths were reported Friday, bringing the state’s total to 720.

Two of the deaths were in Cherokee and Wright counties, the 57th and 58th counties with COVID-19 related deaths.

On the list of long-term care facilities with outbreaks — three or more cases — Willow Gardens Care Center in Marion now reports 29 cases, with 10 to 23 recovered.

Vista Woods Care Center in Wapello County was removed from the list, the only facility in the county that was listing an outbreak.

The Gazette gathers COVID-19 data at 11 a.m. each day provided by the State of Iowa at coronavirus.iowa.gov. Digital editor John McGlothlen contributed to this report.

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