COVID-19

OSKALOOSA — New state data on Tuesday showed another 549 individuals were positive for the coronavirus.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported another five 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 5,886 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 two new cases in Mahaska.

Iowa has now given 1,989,825 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to Iowa residents, which is 5,746 more than the prior day. As of Tuesday, the state has given one dose of the vaccine to roughly 12.1% of its population. About 28.1% 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 66th in Iowa, with 8,850 receiving all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Another 3,006 have received the first dose.

In Mahaska County, there have been 4,556 receive all required doses of the vaccine, which ranks 96th in Iowa in terms of rate of completed vaccination series. There have been another 1,870 receive the first dose to date.

The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 215 as of Tuesday morning. There were 53 in an intensive care unit.

Out of Herald area counties, the 14-day test positivity rate was highest in Mahaska County at 5.1%. It was lowest in Marion County at 1.8%.

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