OSKALOOSA — Iowa reported another 1,197 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday.

Data from the Iowa Department of Public Health showed 56 more deaths were reported between Tuesday and Wednesday across the state. None of the deaths were of local residents.

To date, 4,975 Iowans have died from the coronavirus. The new deaths reported on Wednesday occurred between Nov. 29 and Jan. 31, according to state data.

Marion County added 11 new cases of the coronavirus, while Mahaska added four.

The 14-day positivity rate in the state decreased slightly from yesterday, to 9.5% as of Wednesday morning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a rate of 5% or below is considered a safe level.

The rate in Mahaska County decreased to 11.9% while the rate was up to 11.9% in Marion County.

Statewide hospitalizations with COVID-19 were down to 382 on Wednesday, with intensive care unit usage down to 86.

As of Wednesday morning, there have been 64,046 in the state to receive both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 135,156 who have received their first shot.

Of those who have completed their two-shot regime, 596 are from Marion County and 224 are from Mahaska County.

Kyle Ocker is the 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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