County officials confirm 16th positive COVID-19 case; 13 recover

OSKALOOSA — Mahaska County saw two dozen new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, according to state data. The state added more than 1,500 new cases.

Data from the Iowa Department of Public Health from 10 a.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday showed that case counts increased by 24 in Mahaska County. There were 13 new cases added in Marion County.

The 14-day positivity rate, as reported by the state, was up to 14.7% in Mahaska County. It is now 10.1% in Marion County.

The state saw five new deaths, but none were in the Herald’s coverage area.

Iowa added 1,595 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 to its total, with 7,516 new individuals having been tested between 10 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. There were 986 new recoveries reported in that time period.

To date, 106,150 Iowans have tested positive for the disease since the pandemic began. So far, 81,473 have recovered and 1,526 have died.

Hospitalizations continued at near-record numbers. Around the state, there have been 461 hospitalized with coronavirus, and 104 are in an intensive care unit. There were 55 admitted in the last 24 hours.

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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