OSKALOOSA — New state data on Wednesday showed another 374 individuals were positive for the coronavirus.
The Iowa Department of Public Health reported four new 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 5,989 deaths reported in Iowa.
None of the new deaths were in the Herald's coverage area.
There were six new cases in Marion County reported. Updated data also included one new case in Mahaska.
Iowa has now given 2,427,899 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to Iowa residents, which is 7,892 more than the prior day. As of Wednesday, the state has given one dose of the vaccine to roughly 6.7% of its population. About 38.2% 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 11,056 receiving all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Another 1,778 have received the first dose.
In Mahaska County, there have been 6,015 receive all required doses of the vaccine, which ranks 96th in Iowa in terms of rate of completed vaccination series. There have been another 967 receive the first dose to date.
The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 decreased to 159 as of Wednesday morning. There were 36 in an intensive care unit.
Out of Herald area counties, the 14-day test positivity rate was highest in Marion County at 4.1%. It was lowest in Mahaska County at 2.9%.