KNOXVILLE — As the state reported 798 new cases of the COVID-19 disease Friday, data indicated 19 new disease cases were confirmed in Marion County.
The numbers are the difference in totals reported from 10 a.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday by the Iowa Department of Public Health’s coronavirus dashboard at coronavirus.iowa.gov.
The number of cases being reported at the West Ridge Specialty Care long-term care facility did not change from the 7 that appeared in the state’s data Thursday.
The 14-day positivity rate for Marion County went down slightly again to 14.2%.
In Mahaska County, state data indicated a growth of 10 new cases of COVID-19. The positivity rate the last 14 days is 9.9%, according to state data.
The state reported three new deaths, 651 new recoveries and 6,018 new individuals tested in that 24-hour time span.
The top-five counties in terms of single-day case growth were Polk (116), Linn (52), Story (47), Johnson (35) and Dubuque (35).
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.