OSKALOOSA — New state data on Thursday showed another 538 individuals were positive for the coronavirus.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported no new deaths caused by the virus.

The absence of deaths reported doesn't necessarily mean none occurred. 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 5,857 deaths reported in Iowa.

There was one new case in Marion County reported. Updated data included no new cases in Mahaska.

Iowa has now given 1,866,464 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to Iowa residents, which is 29,757 more than the prior day. As of Thursday, the state has given one dose of the vaccine to roughly 12.5% of its population. About 25.8% 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 53rd in Iowa, with 8,480 receiving all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Another 2,905 have received the first dose.

In Mahaska County, there have been 4,305 receive all required doses of the vaccine, which ranks 96th in Iowa in terms of rate of completed vaccination series. There have been another 1,850 receive the first dose to date.

The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 decreased to 215 as of Thursday morning. There were 49 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 4%.

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