coronavirus

OSKALOOSA — The state of Iowa saw 1,259 new cases of the COVID-19 disease Friday morning, with 10 new deaths.

In Mahaska County, data from the Iowa Department of Public Health indicated an increase of 10 cases of the disease between 10 a.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday. There were nine new cases reported in Marion County.

Statewide, there were 707 new recoveries reported and 6,437 new individuals tested.

The top-five counties with the greatest growth in cases Friday in Iowa where Polk (121), Henry (119), Dubuque (104), Woodbury (72) and Scott (55).

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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