COVID-19

OSKALOOSA — A local outbreak at a long-care facility has ended, state data showed on Friday.

Data also showed that the COVID-19 pandemic has killed another 84 Iowans. To date, at least 2,603 have died from the coronavirus in Iowa.

None of the 84 new deaths were in the Herald’s coverage area. It can take days, if not weeks, for deaths to be reported in state data. Two deaths from Dec. 1 were reported for the first time Friday morning.

There were 2,901 new cases of the virus reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health between 10 a.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday.

Marion County added 31 new cases of the virus while Mahaska tallied nine more cases.

There were 1,000 Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 around the state Friday morning, the state reported. There were 209 in an intensive care unit and 123 admitted in the last 24 hours.

Statewide, about 16.6% of tests have returned positive in the last 14 days, according to state data. Marion County’s 14-day average was 15.5% and the rate in Mahaska County was 17.7%.

The outbreak at the Oskaloosa Care Center in Mahaska County has ended, as the state removed it from their data report between Thursday and Friday. There had been 64 cases over the course of the outbreak.

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.

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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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