OSKALOOSA — New state data on Saturday showed another 300 individuals were positive for the coronavirus.
The Iowa Department of Public Health reported another three 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 5,983 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 included no new cases in Mahaska.
Iowa has now given 2,374,828 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to Iowa residents, which is 22,163 more than the prior day. As of Saturday, the state has given one dose of the vaccine to roughly 7.5% of its population. About 36.8% 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 71st in Iowa, with 10,904 receiving all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Another 1,845 have received the first dose.
In Mahaska County, there have been 5,830 receive all required doses of the vaccine, which ranks 97th in Iowa in terms of rate of completed vaccination series. There have been another 1,093 receive the first dose to date.
The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 decreased to 176 as of Saturday morning. There were 39 in an intensive care unit.
Out of Herald area counties, the 14-day test positivity rate was highest in Marion County at 4.6%. It was lowest in Mahaska County at 2.9%.