OSKALOOSA — Iowa crossed a new plateau Thursday, confirming that more than 300,000 Iowas have now tested positive for the coronavirus since March.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 1,532 cases of the virus were confirmed in Iowa residents between Wednesday and Thursday. Cases have followed roughly the same trend in daily case growth since late December.

Another 18 residents of Marion County have tested positive for the virus. There were 11 new cases identified in Mahaska County.

The department also added another 19 deaths. While the deaths were added to the state’s coronavirus data dashboard in the last 24 hours, they occurred between Dec. 12 and Jan. 10.

None of the new deaths were in local residents.

Statewide, about 13.6% of COVID-19 tests taken have returned positive the last two weeks.

The number of hospitalizations with COVID-19 statewide went up slightly over night, to 532. There were 85 in an intensive care unit.

To date, 301,442 Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 4,251 deaths and 262,225 recoveries. More than 1.4 million have been tested at least once.

The CDC reported Wednesday that more than 10.2 million people have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine nationwide. They report 112,093 people have received the first dose in Iowa.

Kyle Ocker is the group editor of the Oskaloosa Herald and the Ottumwa Courier. He can be reached at kocker@oskyherald.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

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Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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