This is an image of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the disease that flared in Wuhan, China, in late December.

OSKALOOSA — The state reported 69 new coronavirus deaths in Iowa Thursday, with one of them coming from Mahaska County.

Death reports are delayed by the state by days and often by weeks as officials work to confirm the cause of death before reporting them into their data dashboard. Of today’s 69 deaths, seven occurred in November, as far back as Nov. 18.

The Mahaska County resident was a male between the ages of 60-69 with a pre-existing condition, an analysis of state data showed.

The state reports 3,879 COVID-19 deaths to date, and more than 90% of those who have died had a pre-existing condition. These comorbidities can include a variety of things, including common diseases and ailments like high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

Iowa added another 1,703 new cases of COVID-19 between 10 a.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday. Of those, 26 were from Marion County and 19 were from Mahaska County.

There were another 4,137 individuals tested and another 2,321 Iowans have been reported to have recovered from COVID-19. There are 37,435 active cases reported in Iowa as of Thursday morning.

The 14-day average of positive COVID-19 tests dropped slightly to 12.2% in Iowa. The rate in Mahaska County was 20.8% and in Marion County was 19.2%.

Around the state, 600 were hospitalized as of Thursday morning, down from 612 reported Wednesday. There were 134 patients in an intensive care unit, up by seven since Wednesday. State data reported that 76 patients were admitted to the hospital 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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