This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (pink) cultured in the lab. Image captured and colorized at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana.

OSKALOOSA — Case growth has been slow in the month of June, but state officials reported four new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.

State data said three residents tested positive for the COVID-19 disease on Sunday, and another tested positive on Saturday. The first three weeks of June brought only four new cases.

The county’s positive test total from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic is now up to 112. Most cases have been tied to a long-term care center, Crystal Heights Care Center, which has reported 79 total cases.

Most cases in the county are no longer active, with 86 having recovered 15 deaths.

While case growth in the county has slowed, testing has maintained consistent numbers since May. So far, 1,169 Mahaska County residents have been tested.

Marion County is up to 46 positive cases of the disease, according to state data. Four residents tested positive on June 18, technically a single-day record for the county. Another case was added on June 21.

Only 2.9% of residents tested have been positive since the pandemic began. So far 1,575 have been tested.

Statewide, Iowa has surpassed 259,000 individuals tested. Of that, 26,047 have been positive. State data say 16,129 have recovered and 686 have died to date.

On Friday, the state reported 414 new cases of the disease, the first time the single-day total was more than 400 since May 26. There were 153 new cases added on Saturday and 346 on Sunday, according to state data as of 11 a.m. Monday.

About one-third of individuals with pre-existing conditions have recovered statewide. Of those who have died, 70% had a pre-existing condition and 7% did not have a pre-existing condition.

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.

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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