OSKALOOSA — For a fifth straight day, the number hospitalized in Iowa with COVID-19 continued to rise.

As did cases, with another 1,930 reported in the state between 10 a.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday by the Iowa Department of Public Health. There were five more deaths reported, another 4,893 individuals tested and 1,793 released from quarantine.

There were 23 new cases of the coronavirus reported in Marion County and six were added in Mahaska County.

The statewide average was up, as well, to 14.5%. Experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 5% indicates a hotspot with high virus transmission.

There were 613 hospitalized in Iowa, a figure that’s been increasing since Sunday. There were 119 in an intensive care unit.

Another 5,914 were vaccinated in Iowa between Tuesday and Wednesday, according to numbers from the CDC. Through Wednesday morning, there have been 66,051 Iowans receive the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Around the country, there’s been 5.3 million vaccinated.

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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