COVID-19 illustration

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

OSKALOOSA — Another Mahaska County resident has died due to COVID-19, state data reported Friday.

Information about the death, like age or whether they had any pre-existing conditions, was not publicly available. To date, 21 deaths of Mahaska County residents have been attributed to COVID-19, according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Mahaska County saw 10 new cases of the disease, as the state recorded its third consecutive day of more than 1,000 new cases.

Since the pandemic began, Mahaska County has had 446 of its residents test positive for the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The county has added 53 cases since last Friday, according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Marion County added 8 new cases of the disease Friday. The county has seen 33 new cases since last Friday.

Between 10 a.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday, the state added 1,142 new cases of the disease. There were 6,779 new individuals tested, 870 new recoveries, and nine new deaths.

The top-five counties in terms of case growth in Iowa were Polk (94), Woodbury (82), Scott (79), Dubuque (75) and Linn (62).

The case growth in Iowa Friday, as the country learned that President Donald Trump has tested positive and has mild symptoms, has continued for three straight days now with more than 1,000 cases added each of those days.

Now, 90,754 Iowans have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic arrived in March. Since last Friday, there have been 6,321 new cases added in the state, a roughly 7.5% increase in one week.

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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