OSKALOOSA — New state data on Monday showed another 130 individuals were positive for the coronavirus.
The Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 7 deaths caused by the virus. The state regularly reports deaths on a delay, taking days and weeks to add deaths publicly after a verification process. To date, there have been 5,959 deaths reported in Iowa.
None of the new deaths were in the Herald's coverage area.
There were two new cases in Marion County reported. Updated data also included one new case in Mahaska.
Iowa has now given 2,293,236 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to Iowa residents, which is 18,235 more than the prior day. As of Monday, the state has given one dose of the vaccine to roughly 8.8% of its population. About 34.8% have received both doses.
Marion County leads the Herald's coverage area in the percent of its population that has been fully vaccinated. The county ranks 73rd in Iowa, with 10,204 receiving all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Another 2,371 have received the first dose.
In Mahaska County, there have been 5,432 receive all required doses of the vaccine, which ranks 97th in Iowa in terms of rate of completed vaccination series. There have been another 1,348 receive the first dose to date.
The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 181 as of Monday morning. There were 45 in an intensive care unit.
Out of Herald area counties, the 14-day test positivity rate was highest in Mahaska County at 5%. It was lowest in Marion County at 4%.
The Iowa Department of Public Health said the state asked the federal government to withhold 71% of the 105,300 vaccine doses that were available for the week of May 10. This is the second week in a row that the state has asked the federal government to hold back part of its allocation of vaccine doses.
Department spokeswoman Sarah Ekstrand told the Des Moines Register that 88 of Iowa's 99 counties have told the state they don't need all or part of their weekly vaccine allocations for that week. That's an increase from the 80 counties that declined vaccine shipments for this week and the 43 counties that declined all or part of their allocations last week.
“As we have shared before, these counties are doing exactly the right thing by only accepting the volume of vaccine that they can confidently administer,” Ekstrand said.
Demand for the vaccines appears to have peaked in early April across Iowa when the state set a record by giving 51,322 shots in one day, the Associated Press reported. By last week, the highest daily total of vaccines given was only 23,159.