OSKALOOSA — There were 15 new cases of the coronavirus found in Mahaska County, making the county the 10th highest in the state in terms of new cases, according to data reported Tuesday.

Statewide there were 580 new cases of confirmed COVID-19 added between 10 a.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The rate of positivity in the last 14 days continued to rise in Mahaska, with a jump of nearly 2 percentage points to 12%, as of Tuesday morning.

Marion County, which added five new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday. The 14-day positivity rate was up to 11.4%, according to state data.

There were 17 new deaths across the state on Tuesday, none in Marion or Mahaska County. The state reported 3,307 new individuals tested in the last 24 hours and 1,557 new recoveries were reported in Iowa.

According to state data, there are 159 active cases of the coronavirus in Mahaska County.

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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