OSKALOOSA — New state data on Wednesday showed another 503 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 5,930 deaths reported in Iowa.
None of the new deaths were in the Herald's coverage area.
There were five new cases in Marion County reported. Updated data included no new cases in Mahaska.
Iowa has now given 2,166,682 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to Iowa residents, which is 12,126 more than the prior day. As of Wednesday, the state has given one dose of the vaccine to roughly 10.8% of its population. About 31.7% 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 67th in Iowa, with 9,647 receiving all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Another 2,652 have received the first dose.
In Mahaska County, there have been 5,117 receive all required doses of the vaccine, which ranks 97th in Iowa in terms of rate of completed vaccination series. There have been another 1,536 receive the first dose to date.
The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 decreased to 184 as of Wednesday morning. There were 37 in an intensive care unit.
Out of Herald area counties, the 14-day test positivity rate was highest in Mahaska County at 4.1%. It was lowest in Marion County at 3.3%.