The number of new coronavirus cases in Iowa on Friday exceeded 800 for the second consecutive day.
The state reported 802 new cases, the second highest number of cases reported in a 24-hour period, bringing the statewide total to 37,668 cases since early March.
The highest total of new cases reported in one day — 839 — came on Thursday.
Before this week, the most cases reported in one 24-hour period was 756, reported June 1.
The new cases were confirmed out of 8,469 tests, for a 9.47 percent positive rate — a rate than has been increasing, even though 90.5 percent of people tested don’t have the virus.
In Linn and Johnson counties, the new cases reported Friday were higher than each county’s seven-day rolling average.
Johnson County reported 39 new cases, above its seven-day average of 31. Linn County reported 38 new cases, more than double its seven-day average of 15.
The seven-day rolling average is the average number of positive coronavirus cases in the county or state over the past seven days, updated by The Gazette daily with the new data.
Polk County reported 204 new cases Friday and 173 new cases Thursday, bringing its total to more than 8,000 cases since mid-March.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 rose to 210, up from Thursday’s 195.
Hospitalizations are above 200 for the first time since June 13, when 203 Iowans were hospitalized.
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The number of people in intensive case increased from 65 to 70 in Friday’s report. The number of people on ventilators dropped to 32 from 34.
Five more deaths were reported by the state, bring the statewide total to 784 since mid-March.
The deaths included one person in Johnson County, bringing that county’s total to nine, and one person in Linn County, bringing Linn’s death toll to 86.
Winneshiek County in northeast Iowa reported its first COVID-19 death. Of Iowa’s 99 counties, 67 have recorded deaths from coronavirus.
The state is reporting outbreaks — three or more positive cases — at 15 long-term care facilities, but no new outbreaks were reported Friday.
In Eastern Iowa, the Solon Nursing Home reported two new cases for a total of 14. Winslow House Care Center in Marion also reported two new cases, for a total of five.
The number of cases at Willow Gardens Care Center in Marion remained at 38, with 31 recovered.
New coronavirus cases
Here are the counties that reported 20 or more new cases Friday:
• Polk: 204
• Scott: 49
• Black Hawk: 48
• Dubuque: 40
• Johnson: 39
• Linn: 38
• Dallas: 31
• Woodbury: 27
• Marshall: 23
• Warren: 23
TOTAL CORONAVIRUS CASES
Here are the counties with the most coronavirus cases reported since early March:
• Polk: 8,075
• Woodbury: 3,418
• Black Hawk: 2,644
• Buena Vista: 1,748
• Johnson: 1,597
• Linn: 1,513
• Dallas: 1,493
• Scott: 1,243
• Marshall: 1,154
• Dubuque: 1,129
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