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 — Mahaska County added 14 new cases of the coronavirus Saturday. There were eight new cases in Marion County.

The numbers come from the difference in total cases reported between 10 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The state reported no change in the numbers of cases at the Oskaloosa Care Center or West Ridge Speciality Care in Knoxville.

The 14-day positivity rate in Mahaska County was 10.1% as of Saturday morning. The rate was 9.3% in Marion County.

The state of Iowa saw 1,315 new cases of COVID-19 reported Saturday. Hospitalizations decreased slightly from the record numbers seen Friday. As of 10 a.m. Saturday, There were 450 currently hospitalized with COVID-19, with 101 in the intensive care unit. There were 63 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Iowa in the last 24 hours.

There were 21 new deaths statewide, 6,628 new individuals tested and 894 newly recovered.

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 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 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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