Iowa added 8,308 new coronavirus cases this week, and 120 of them were in Marion County.

New data from the Iowa Department of Public Health on Wednesday showed that over the previous seven days, Marion County added an average of more than 17 positives per day. Mahaska added 69 new cases, or about 10 per day.

There were 39 new deaths reported statewide, including one each in Mahaska and Marion counties. To date in the pandemic, 81 Marion County residents have died due to COVID, and 52 have died in Mahaska.

Marion County currently ranks 63rd in Iowa for vaccinations, with 43.7% of its residents vaccinated. Mahaska County is 93rd, with 34.6% vaccinated.

About 50.5% of all Iowa residents are fully vaccinated. Another 132,252 have received their first dose.

Both Mahaska and Marion County had a high-level of community virus transmission as of Thursday, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Children made up 22% of new cases reported in Iowa this week, and Iowans aged 18-29 made up 20%. Mahaska and Marion each saw similar trends locally.

Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Oskaloosa Herald and the Ottumwa Courier. He can be reached at 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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