COVID-19

OSKALOOSA — There were 11 new disease cases in Mahaska County, the state reported Saturday. Iowa added 901 cases of COVID-19.

The cases represent a change in totals reported between 10 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The 14-day positivity rate reported by the state is 9.9% in Mahaska County, according to state data.

In Marion County, there were seven new cases, as the positivity rate continued to fall, but still was at 11% Saturday morning.

Statewide, there were six new deaths, 754 new recoveries and 6,121 new individuals tested.

The top-five counties in terms of growth were Woodbury (101), Polk (78), Dubuque (77), Scott (59) and Linn (43).

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets. It is often mild and some individuals remain asymptomatic or have only cold or flu symptoms. But the disease can be more severe, require hospitalization and lead to death, particularly in older or immunocompromised people.

Experts, including those at the CDC, say wearing masks when in public, keeping at least 6 feet of distance between people when possible, and good hygiene can prevent the spread.

The Oskaloosa Herald relies on data reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health, using its coronavirus data dashboard at coronavirus.iowa.gov. Data is checked each day at 10 a.m. and then compared to the data previously captured from the dashboard to produce stories.

The state has changed how it reported the data several times, and local officials often produce data based on different standards or in different timeframes. Therefore, the data will not always align with other sources.

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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