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., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Image captured and colorized at NIAID's Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana.

OSKALOOSA — A Mahaska County resident has died due to the COVID-19 disease, state data indicated Monday morning.

At 10 a.m. Monday, the Iowa Department of Public Health's coronavirus data dashboard listed 19 total deaths in Mahaska County, an increase of one from the prior day. No additional information on the death was immediately available.

Between 10 a.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday, both Mahaska and Marion counties saw four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 added.

The 14-day positivity rate decreased slightly in Marion County, to 14.2%. The rate in Mahaska County increased slightly to 9.8%.

The state of Iowa had 406 new cases reported on Monday over the last 24 hours. There were three new deaths statewide, 199 new recoveries and 3,210 new individuals tested.

The top-five counties for case growth Monday morning were Polk (72), Linn (31), Woodbury (31), Sioux (25) and Johnson (23).

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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