CORONAVIRUS

Iowa reports 39 more COVID-19 deaths Friday

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One of the Test Iowa sites is in Cedar Rapids at 5755 Willow Creek Dr. SW. The site provides protection from winter weather for medical staff and testing subjects. People seeking a test there must have first completed an assessment at testiowa.com and scheduled an appointment. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Iowa reported Friday morning it had confirmed 39 more COVID-19 deaths in 25 counties, bringing the state’s death toll so far to 2,351.

Polk County reported four deaths and Woodbury and Davis counties each reported three. The counties that reported two deaths each are Black Hawk, Floyd, Hamilton, Ida, Plymouth, Pottawattamie and Scott.

The counties that reported one death each are Benton, Carroll, Des Moines, Harrison, Jackson, Jasper, Marshall, Montgomery, Shelby, Story, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, Webster and Winneshiek.

The Associated Press reported there were 1,266 new confirmed cases as of Friday morning. The state’s five Test Iowa sites and the State Hygienic Lab were closed over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Linn County added 43 positive cases in a 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Friday, with a daily positivity rate of 26.88 percent. The county’s total number of cases is 13,884 and its seven-day average is 174 new cases.

Johnson County added two cases with a 24-hour positivity rate of 2.86 percent. The county’s total number of cases is 9,357 and its seven-day average is 86 cases.

Hospitalizations across the state continued to dip over the 24-hour period, dropping from 1,269 to 1,226. The number of patients being treated in intensive care units also dipped from 271 to 256 and the number of patients on ventilators decreased slightly from 142 to 141.

The 10 Iowa counties that have recorded the most cases so far are:

• Polk: 33,029

• Linn: 13,884

• Scott: 10,877

• Black Hawk: 10,736

• Woodbury: 10,183

• Johnson: 9,357

• Dubuque: 9,082

• Story: 6,703

• Dallas: 6,247

• Pottawattamie: 6,127

Comments: (319) 398-8238; kat.russell@thegazette.com

Stephen Colbert of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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