OSKALOOSA — Testing and new cases of the coronavirus were down according to numbers reported Friday, as testing sites and labs to process them around the state were closed for Thanksgiving.

Around Iowa, there were 37 deaths reported due to complications from the coronavirus.

Iowa added 1,266 COVID-19 cases, with testing numbers significantly lower due to the Thanksgiving holiday. In the seven days before Thanksgiving, Iowa averaged 8,662 new tests entered into the state’s coronavirus dashboard each day. There were just 3,242 new tests reported between Thursday and Friday.

Of the new cases, seven were from Marion County and six were from Mahaska COunty.

There were 1,226 Iowans in the hospital with COVID-19, with 256 in an intensive care unit. There were 183 admitted in the last 24 hours.

Kyle Ocker is the group editor of the Oskaloosa Herald and the Ottumwa Courier. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

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Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the first vice president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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