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Iowa sets daily record with 2,617 new COVID-19 cases



The state on Friday reported 2,617 Iowans tested positive for COVID-19, a record for a 24-hour period.

The total, as of 11 a.m. Friday, surpassed the previous record of 2,579 recorded Aug. 27, when Iowa added previously unreported antigen tests, causing a temporary spike.

Friday’s new cases were identified in 7,166 tests, for a positivity rate of 36.52 percent.

The statewide seven-day average of new cases is 1,713, another record for the seventh straight day.

To date, 124,611 coronavirus cases have been reported in Iowa since March.

The number of hospitalizations on Friday increased by one, to 606, a record for the fifth day.

Patients being treated in intensive care units increased from Thursday’s 135 to 152. Fifty-five patients are on ventilators, down one from Thursday’s total.

Linn County record

Linn County also set another daily record for new cases — for the fourth day in a row — with 219 confirmed COVID-19 cases and a positivity rate of 37.31 percent, according to Iowa Department of Public Health statistics.

Forty people were hospitalized from the virus Friday, up from 30 on Tuesday.

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