OSKALOOSA — New state data on Wednesday showed another 655 individuals were positive for the coronavirus.
The Iowa Department of Public Health reported no 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 5,857 deaths reported in Iowa.
There were 2 new cases in Mahaska County reported. Updated data also included 1 new cases in Marion.
Iowa has now given 1,836,707 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to Iowa residents, which is 29,786 more than the prior day. As of Wednesday, the state has given one dose of the vaccine to roughly 12.5% of its population. About 25.3% 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 60th in Iowa, with 8,225 receiving all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Another 3,092 have received the first dose.
In Mahaska County, there have been 4,274 receive all required doses of the vaccine, which ranks 96th in Iowa in terms of rate of completed vaccination series. There have been another 1,807 receive the first dose to date.
The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 decreased to 218 as of Wednesday morning. There were 57 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 2%.