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. Image captured and colorized at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana.

KNOXVILLE — Another Mahaska County resident has died with COVID-19, state data showed Monday. Meanwhile, active cases in both Mahaska and Marion counties pushed toward 400 as the two-county region added 87 new cases of the coronavirus.

Data from the Iowa Department of Public Health showed that, from 10 a.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday, there were 52 newly confirmed virus cases in Marion County. In Mahaska County, there were 34 new cases.

The 14-day positivity rate was 23.1% in both Marion and Mahaska counties Monday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a rate above 5% is indicative of a hot spot.

The state added 4,212 new cases on Monday, as hospitalizations exceeded 1,000 statewide wide.

As of Monday morning, state data reported 1,034 were hospitalized with COVID-19 — a record. There were 184 patients in an intensive care unit and 152 were admitted in the last 24 hours.

There were 14 hospitalized in Marion County, according to the latest available state data from Saturday afternoon. There were eight hospitalized from Mahaska County.

There were three new deaths statewide, one of them a Mahaska County resident. There were 9,941 individuals tested for the first time in Iowa, and 329 new recoveries were reported.

Active cases in Mahaska County were up to 395, as reported by state data. In Marion County, there were 392 active cases.

On Oct. 12, Iowa logged its 100,000th case of the coronavirus. Just 27 days later, on Sunday, the state logged the 150,000th case. To date, there have been 156,816 Iowans test positive for the virus. Of those, 1,845 have died and 101,041 have recovered. More than 1 million Iowans have been tested.

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.

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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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