OSKALOOSA — More Iowans were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday than at any other point in 2021. Three-quarters of those hospitalized weren't vaccinated.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported that 721 were hospitalized in the state, with 172 requiring treatment in an intensive care unit. Of those hospitalized, 76%, or about 546, were not vaccinated. It's the most seen in the hospital this year, significantly more than the year's prior high-mark set in September of 638.

Of those hospitalized, 10 were children aged 1-11, and another was aged 12-17. Iowans aged 50-59 made up a plurality of those hospitalized with 169 receiving treatment.

According to new state data, Iowa added 9,362 new cases of the coronavirus, an average of about 1,337 new cases per day over the week that ended Tuesday. There were 91 new deaths reported in that period, raising the state's pandemic toll to 7,445.

State data showed that children made up 18%, or about 1,685, of the new cases. Adults between the ages of 18-29 made up 18% of new cases reported over the last week.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed 1,790,001 Iowans were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, or about 56.1% of the state's total population. As of Wednesday, another 544,522 Iowans had received a booster dose of the vaccine.

The CDC considers a person fully vaccinated if they have received two doses of vaccines made by Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of the vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson. The CDC recommends anyone over the age of 18 to receive a booster dose at least six months after they've completed their original vaccination series for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Boosters do not have to be the same manufacturer as a person originally received, according to CDC guidelines.

Mahaska County

Over the last week, Mahaska County added 70 new cases of the coronavirus, state data reported. There was one new death in the county reported during that time period. Since the pandemic began, COVID-19 has been blamed for the deaths of 66 Mahaska County residents.

Mahaska ranks 93rd in the state in terms of vaccinations, according to CDC data. As of Wednesday, 40.8%, or 9,021, of the county's residents were fully vaccinated.

Marion County

Over the last week, Marion County added 98 new cases of the coronavirus, state data reported. No new deaths were reported in the county during that time period. Since the pandemic began, COVID-19 has been blamed for the deaths of 97 Appanoose County residents.

Marion ranks 58th in the state in terms of vaccinations, according to CDC data. As of Wednesday, 49.4%, or 16,433, of the county's residents were fully vaccinated.

Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Ottumwa Courier and the Oskaloosa Herald. He can be reached at kocker@ottumwacourier.com. 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 president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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