COVID-19

OSKALOOSA — In the last 24 hours, Marion County had two residents test positive for the COVID-19 disease while the state added 469 new cases.

From 10 a.m. Sunday until 10 a.m. Monday, the Iowa Department of Public Health showed that Marion County’s case count rose from 134 to 136. The number of active cases is at 48 in Marion County.

In Marion County, 14.9% of tests were positive on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the state of Iowa rose to 42,485 cases of the disease, an increase of 469 from the prior day. In that time span, there were three new deaths reported.

Mahaska County remained at 132 cases on Monday, after 17 individuals were tested and came back negative on Sunday.

Cases have been on the rise in Marion County since last week. Between 10 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Monday, state data showed an increase of 18 cases.

Marion County Public Health reports the county has had 158 cases, with 48 of them active. The county's public health department counts more cases because they included epi-linked cases in their total. The state's data only includes cases confirmed by a test, where as epi-linked cases are patients who have had known exposure with a positive patient and are themselves experiencing symptoms.

According to Marion County's latest situation report at noon Monday, of the county's cases to date, 21 have been under the age of 17, 62 between the ages of 18-40, 45 between 41-60, 28 between 61-80 and two in those above 80 years old.

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

Group Editor

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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