OSKALOOSA — New state data on Thursday showed another 711 individuals were positive for the coronavirus.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported another two 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 5,962 deaths reported in Iowa.

None of the new deaths were in the Herald's coverage area.

There were four new cases in Mahaska County reported. Updated data also included four new cases in Marion.

Iowa has now given 2,331,857 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to Iowa residents, which is 20,190 more than the prior day. As of Thursday, the state has given one dose of the vaccine to roughly 8.3% of its population. About 35.7% 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 72nd in Iowa, with 10,563 receiving all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Another 2,081 have received the first dose.

In Mahaska County, there have been 5,501 receive all required doses of the vaccine, which ranks 97th in Iowa in terms of rate of completed vaccination series. There have been another 1,341 receive the first dose to date.

The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 decreased to 188 as of Thursday morning. There were 45 in an intensive care unit.

Out of Herald area counties, the 14-day test positivity rate was highest in Marion County at 5.1%. It was lowest in Mahaska County at 4.6%.

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